Eye Witness to Danish Courage

 Leo Goldberger was born on June 28, 1930 in Vukovar, Yugoslavia (now part of Croatia), as the second of what would eventually be four sons to Eugene and Helen Goldberger. Leo’s father was the cantor, the person who leads the congregation in prayer along with the rabbi, at the local synagogue and Leo’s mother was a homemaker. In 1932, Leo’s father accepted the position of cantor at a synagogue in Troppau, Czechoslovakia. After living in Troppau for two years, Leo’s father became concerned for his family’ safety when Hitler and the Nazis came to power in neighboring Germany. Consequently, in 1934, when Leo was four years old, the family moved to Denmark where his father became the cantor of an orthodox synagogue in Copenhagen.