LONDON — Jorgen R. Jenk, a key member of the Danish Resistance in World II who helped rescue thousands of Jews and later became head of the prestigious silverware firm George Jensen Inc. in New York, has died. He was 65.
Jenk died Tuesday at Charing Cross Hospital of heart and liver failure, said his wife, Faith Jenk.
Jenk joined the Resistance as a student and was involved in underground newspapers and acts of sabotage.
Operating under the code name "Finn," he was part of an operation that smuggled most of Denmark's 8,000 Jews to safety in Sweden in 1943.
Wanted by the Gestapo, he fled to Sweden and then England, where he joined the London-based Special Operations Executive, which was organizing sabotage behind German lines.
Jenk parachuted back into Denmark in 1944 as one of about 50 Danish agents of the Special Operations Executive. Ole Lippmann, chief of the Danish Resistance, picked him as his right-hand man.