A Denmark That Once Was

FlagDenmarkby Anniel2/17/15
On April 9, 1940 the Germans invaded Denmark in an almost bloodless takeover of the country. King Christian X had no choice but to surrender since the country had no military forces or armaments large enough to stand against the Nazi troops. For a few years Hitler was content to let the Danes, whom he called “Germany’s fellow Aryans,” continue to govern their own country, and in return the Nazis took what fish and fresh food the country produced.

There is an apocryphal story that when the Nazis ordered Jews to wear armbands with yellow stars, King Christian began wearing the yellow star himself. However, after the war Queen Margrete II and her daughter, Princess Sophia, had lengthy interviews with Danish author Anne Wolden-Raethinge, and in her book Queen in Denmark she quotes the Queen as saying:

“It is a beautiful and symbolic story, but it is not true. The myth about the King wearing the Star of David. . . I can imagine that this could have originated from a typical remark by a Copenhagen errand boy on his bicycle: ‘If they try to enforce the yellow star here, the King will be the first to wear it!’ To me, the truth is an even greater honor for our country than the myth.”

While that story may not be true, there are other stories that have been verified. The unarmed King Christian rode his horse through Copenhagen every morning and would allow no guards to accompany him. He apparently felt that was one way to lift the spirits of the people, and show the Germans that the Danes would not completely give in to tyranny. One day while the King was riding, two German soldiers asked a delivery boy who the old man on the horse was. The boy answered that it was their King. One of the soldiers exclaimed, “But he has no body guards!” To which the boy replied: “All Denmark is his body guard!”

King Christian was also a staunch protector of the Jews. In the autumn of 1941, Danish Foreign Minister, Eric Scavenius, told Hermann Goring that, “There is no Jewish question in Denmark.” That December there was an arson attack aimed at the Jewish Synagogue in Copenhagen and the King published an open letter of sympathy and support to the Chief Rabbi, Marcus Melchior. The letter infuriated Hitler. He was further incensed when he sent effusive greetings to the King on his 70th birthday and the King was lukewarm in his response (“My best thanks.”) Hitler recalled the German Ambassador from Copenhagen and expelled the Danish Ambassador from Berlin.[pullquote]Today the Danish people do not remember their heroic past. Maybe they have not been taught their own history, but some of them have freely chosen to forget.[/pullquote]

In 1943 the Germans disbanded the Danish Government and were looking to increase their troop presence in Denmark. Hitler had long held that the Danes were fellow Aryans worthy of respect, but now he regretted letting them be semi-autonomous.

On October 1, 1943, Hitler finally decided to begin efforts against the Jews of Denmark. The Danes, under the direction of the King and some members of his cabinet, who were still acting in spite of the German interdiction, refused any cooperation in arresting and deporting the Jews, stating they were equal Danish citizens.

From that time until the end of the war about 7,200 Jews, plus some gentile spouses, or 99% of Denmark’s Jews, were rescued and taken across the sea to neutral Sweden, mostly in fishing boats with hidden compartments.

The Germans brought in dogs to sniff out would-be escapees and managed to catch a few hiding in the fishing boats. Then Swedish chemists concocted a brew of dried rabbit’s blood and cocaine which powerfully attracted the dogs, then, when they smelled the cloth the cocaine would temporarily destroy their sense of smell. Using the mixture allowed the Danes to keep hiding and rescuing the Jews. Only 464 Danish Jews were captured and taken to Theresienstadt.

King Christian kept his people together and led them bravely through the Nazi occupation of his country. Were there problems, collaborators, and traitors in the ranks? Yes, but the common people loved their King and supported every effort he made on behalf of the Jews of Denmark. Many Resistance members laid down their lives to aid their Jewish fellow-citizens.

Lois Lowry wrote a powerful young people’s novel entitled Number the Stars which features a young Danish girl’s heroism during the war and is based on the actions of the Danish people in the preservation of their Jewish friends and neighbors.

Today the Danish people do not remember their heroic past. Maybe they have not been taught their own history, but some of them have freely chosen to forget.

The Danish Prime Minister, Helle Thorning-Schmidt, whom Mark Steyn refers to as “the tasty Danish pastry,” disgraced herself cozying up to and taking selfies with Obama at Nelson Mandela’s funeral. She seems to be as resilient in the face of criticism as Obama. Maybe her countrymen are as addled as progressives everywhere, for she is still at her post and has paid no price for her conduct. Her response to last week’s terrorist attacks in Copenhagen has been that Denmark is a “tolerant” and “inclusive” society and she is “shocked” at the actions of a deranged individual.

Danish Muslims have placed flowers at the site where the killer was shot and demanded an investigation into why the killer’s body was not treated with the same respect shown to the body of the slain Jewish guard at the Synagogue. These actions are an indication of what “tolerance” and “inclusiveness” mean in Denmark today. No doubt the tasty pastry Prime Minister will do no more than wring her hands and demand her fellow Danes not forget their “core values.”

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25 Responses to A Denmark That Once Was

  1. Timothy Lane says:

    Islam (like modern liberalism, for that matter) is incompatible with free expression and, indeed, Western civilization. But Europe, due to natural population decline (caused by the fact that the people have no reason to create a next generation), needs immigrants to keep things running, and the only place they can get them right now is the Muslim world, so they choose not to see where that will lead in the long run. After all, as John Maynard Keynes said, “In the long run we’ll all be dead.”

  2. Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

    I was not familiar with Denmark’s history regarding the Jews. Well, suffice it to say, what Dennis Prager says holds true once again: “Everything the Left touches it makes worse.”

    Including entire countries.

  3. Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

    Another thing that occurs to me…

    Although I don’t advocate murder as a way to intimidate people, I can understand Muslims’ desire not to live in a “Progressive” culture. One might ask why Muslims came to Europe in the first place if they don’t like the culture. I don’t have all the particulars on that.

    But neither do I want to live in a “Progressive” culture. I have no respect for it. It just seems shallow, kitschy, and inane. I mean, what kind of person responds to a murder by Islamic “extremists” — who, frankly, are well-known for doing this kind of thing all over the world, and for centuries — by reminding everyone how “tolerant” and “inclusive” Denmark is? That’s a non-sequitur. It doesn’t address the point that there most assuredly is a movement in your midst that is not tolerant or inclusive.

    Why would I want to assimilate into that kind of suicidal culture? I don’t even think these people are in denial. I think they’re fine with kicking the problem down the road and living their libtard utopia in the present. To hell with Denmark’s future.

    Perhaps the best way to understand the Left is to see them as spoiled children.

    • Anniel says:

      That is one way of looking at them. I seem to remember a survey awhile ago about the “best” place to live and Denmark won because people didn’t have to work if they didn’t want to, they were guaranteed vacations, the usual clap-trap, but no thought for tomorrow at all. Marriage is all but gone, and children – well Timothy is right about population decline. All that since the time they gave their all to save their Jews.

      I have never understood how Obama and the Tasty Pastry walked away from Mandela’s funeral totally unscathed.

      • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

        I didn’t know the history of the Jews in Denmark, Annie. I hope that’s all true. I do remember a movie once (and I expect our official librarian, Timothy, to remember the name of it because I sure don’t) about a boat taking refuges from Denmark or The Netherlands. The Jews were hiding in some hidden compartment of the boat. The boat was stopped and searched by patrolling Nazis. One of the women in hiding had a baby with her that she had to keep from crying. She held her hand tightly over the infant’s mouth.

        They weren’t discovered, but it turns out she accidentally smothered her baby.

        The great irony, as you well know, is that there is a Nazi-like movement in their midst once again and they won’t even name it.

        As far as how anyone gets away with this stuff, I have one word for you: bigotry. The Left, and those who support them, have come to believe that they are all that stands between the real barbarians (the right) and civilization. Therefore they will commonly overlook transgressions on their own side.

        And, again, one needs to understand that Leftism is a religion, and a particularly dogmatic one at that despite all the “nicey-nice” they try to layer on top. The most obnoxious, angry, bitter, and thoughtless people I’ve ever had the displeasure to meet were on the Left. There is some life-sucking force about the ideology that leaves them cold, angry, and aggrieved. I don’t say this to rhetorically stab them in the heart. I say it because I believe it to be true. And it’s a shame that it’s true of far too many.

        Islam also seems to turn people into an intolerant animal. There are some doctrines (particularly “supremacist” ones such as Islam and Leftism) that tend to make people a little crazy and more than a little mean and dangerous.

        • Anniel says:

          Apparently that smothering of the baby thing did happen a few times in real life, as hard as it seems. In Lois Lowry’s book, which, by the way I highly recommend, the Resistance gives some sort of sedative to children before they put them on the boat.

          My only really liberal friend has no idea how out-of-sorts and silly she can be. I love her enough to bite my tongue most of the time.

          • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

            Our official librarian either didn’t see my post or I’ve “stumped the band,” Annie. I’m not sort of wondering what the name of that movie was.

            And, really, I’ve always been “liberal” about the arts in the sense that I do not expect art to mirror reality. If someone wants to make a movie (or TV series such as “Wallander”) that plays to libtard beliefs, I’m fine with that. And there have been some movies (vulgar as they may be) that have done that while maintaining a strong sense of story and characters.

            “Pirate Radio” was one such movie. It’s a kind of playing out of a hippie, pretend-renegade sort of fantasy. The movie is funny, well-acted, and tells a good story. So is the 1998 movie, “Happiness,” which isn’t for the faint of heart. But I can’t complain when someone aims the camera at contemporary libtard life and tells an honest (by movie standards) story.

            I think what bugged me about “Boston Legal” is that it was ultimately dishonest. “Wallander” certainly shoots its share of propaganda into the mix. But it’s also a natural playing out of the belief system of the Left. It’s their fantasies on display. I like the idea of John Wayne shooting the bad guy. They like the idea of a cop dropping his weapon (while the bad guy has his gun aimed at the cop) and trying to kumbaya the villain into turning himself in. This happens a number of times in that series.

            And yet (and, yes, I’ve come to my point), with schools and universities doing not only a horrible job of educating but actually mal-educating, movies are potentially one of the few places in our pop culture where actual history stands a chance of coming through and hopefully exciting further interest (for reading a book or two perhaps). That’s what’s “Fury” does to some extent.

            And that’s what that I-can’t-think-of-the-name-of-it movie I once saw did. It showed refuges (likely Jewish, but I don’t remember specifically) being smuggled out of northern Europe. I certainly didn’t get any of this history in school. And, yes, depending upon movies for such things as history is highly problematic because movies are also a vehicle not only for fantasy (harmless enough if you know it’s fantasy) but active propaganda.

            Maybe the Danes could do worse than tune out there nitwit leader and pop in an old John Wayne movie…or maybe they have traditional Dane heroes in their own cinema that they can rediscover. And then who knows? Maybe this will prompt them to read a good book and learn the history that has been actively kept from them by the despicable Left.

            • Timothy Lane says:

              Technically, from their point of view, schools do a great job of mal-educating students. That is, after their purpose (unbeknownst to most of the public). Unfortunately.

              And, yes, you did stump the library. Hey, I don’t know movies as well as I do books (and I miss a lot of those as well; no one can keep up on everything these days).

        • Rosalys says:

          I think I saw that movie (a made for TV thing, wasn’t it?) but I can’t remember the name either. I saw that same smother the baby device used in another made for TV movie about the Warsaw ghetto uprising. (I can’t remember the name of that one either.)

          “…how anyone gets away with this stuff…”
          This is why –
          The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness. 2 Thessalonians 2:9-12
          It is the spirit of the age.

          • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

            Rosalys, perhaps Paul was onto something. I don’t quite fully believe in The Devil, proper, and yet there is some kind of a fog that blinds men. It’s more than error. It’s more than just acquired culture. It’s more than following the crowd. It is, in some way, an affirmative movement toward something that is dark and bad. Yes, people can be deceived. But I don’t think that explains what we’re seeing in Denmark and many other places. There is a veil of malevolence (masquerading as “nice,” of course) that has separated people from their good senses.

    • Timothy Lane says:

      This point about not wanting to live in a progressive culture is an important one. Under both the Clinton Gang and the Obama Gang, the US has urged Arab and Muslim countries to adopt key aspects of sexual libertinism (such as unrestricted abortion). Strangely, when it comes to the holiest ritual of modern liberalism, multiculturalism must stand aside. No doubt this sort of pressure helps encourage Muslim hostility to Western civilization. It doesn’t justify their savage atrocities, but it explains at least a part of their attitude.

      • Anniel says:

        It would be nice if we were a moral nation, but we do have a cultural rot, too. Looking at the top picture on Drudge this morning, which showed illegal aliens making obscene gestures and pelvic thrusts, I was struck again by how much worse what we are importing can be. But perhaps I’m a little sheltered in what I see up close and personal.

        I also wondered how the wife of the new Secretary of Defense didn’t turn around and puke on Joe Biden. He is such a sleaze. How could she possibly keep her cool?

        That’s as big a rant as I have at the moment.

      • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

        Currently I’m reading Darwin Day in America. It’s about “scientific materialism,” how it started, what it has influenced, and what changes that influence has brought.

        I’m only about 12% into it (probably further because I think this has quite extensive end notes and such). It’s a very interesting read so far on what I thought would be a fairly dry subject. The author, John G. West, is apparently associated with (or got major funding from) The Discovery Institute, where all the cool people such as Stephen Myer and Jonathan Wells hang out.

        At the end of the day I can state little more than the obvious (and I will do a fuller review of this book when I’m finished or when I’ve read enough of it): It matters more than almost anything else the foundational beliefs of a culture. Well, duh, you may be thinking. Of course this is why Islam is Islam, Japan is Japan, and America is (was) America. Beliefs matter.

        And just as Sharia law threatens to change traditional (such as it is) Europe, Leftism has done the same thing wherever it has gone. (Dennis Prager calls it the world’s most dynamic religion.) And Leftism is wholly based on the idea of scientific materialism.

        That is why the Left asked Scott Walker what he thinks of evolution. Any answer other than “I believe that all life, and the universe as a whole, is undirected and random” marks him as a dolt in the eyes of the Left. All scientific subjects are considered materialist subjects, and vice versa. Anything outside of the material is not considered science and thus is little better than voodoo. (Thus perhaps you see why the Left is so ill equipped to handle various topics such as ethics.)

        That is what belief in “evolution” means, in practice. It means that you share the religious belief (for “scientific materialism” is a metaphysical belief) that there is nothing but matter, that man is the result of nothing but chance, the universe is an accident, and (deep-down, but rarely admitted) that nothing means nothing.

        Granted, I’m the first to admit that I haven’t quite swallowed down the idea of a personal God. But be that as it may, one is ultimately on one side of this question or the other. If one is on the side of scientific materialism (also called “naturalism”), most of the ideas of the Left flow right out of this with little or no modification by other considerations or ideas. If you are on the Left, you approach the criminal justice system differently. You believe people do not possess free will and that people do what they do because of their genes and the environment. Therefore more and more aberrations (as we’ve seen) are treated as “diseases” rather than as moral defects. Punishment itself is considered utilitarian, at best, and not, in part, a deserved thing.

        This is one area that the author has covered very thoroughly and it makes for fascinating reading. Clarence Darrow, for purposes of “secularism” and Leftism, was a Founding Father (transgendered father?) of the movement. The guy was a committed scientific materialist and a general menace to rational thought.

        Because most people who grow up in the current culture have known little else, they have no idea that they are swimming in the waters of scientific materialism. And any other way of thought has been severely prejudiced in their minds. Materialism becomes the very definition of what is right and true, thus to not believe in materialism (or Darwinism) is, as Dawkins noted, to mark yourself as ignorant, perhaps even insane.

        So who can give an effective countering viewpoint without blowing people up or chopping their head off? Well, you’d think Christians could, but I’ve found that most Christians are unknowingly swimming in the same waters. They’ve adapted scientific materialism to their faith and come up with things such as “social justice” and some of the Marxist-based commentary of Pope Francis.

        A loss of identity and a loss of the basic argument of reality is a heavy blow to conservatism, and to Western Civilization itself. It cannot survive ungrounded in the idea of a Creator, of the idea that there is a purpose to our lives and a moral sphere. Without these things, we are a silly and destructive lot. And there are ample and specific reasons for that, thus I’ll continue reading what appears to be a fine book which is articulating some of those reasons.

        • Anniel says:

          Funny, I just started “Evolution’s Achilles Heels.” It has 9 or so authors setting forth the current thinking in their areas. I’ll have to do some checking on who they are. The only one I know anything about is John Hartnett. I’ll let you know what I think, or write a Review.

          • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

            I hadn’t heard of that. I see that this 90 minute video is available online that can be rented for a reasonable fee. I’ll probably give that a view once I’ve read what you think of it first.

            I’ll probably be doing some “State of Brad’s metaphysical thoughts” type of article soon that will include a number of subjects, but that will certainly highlight the divide between order and chaos, meaning and meaninglessness, Creator and scientific materialism.

            Tim Jones brought up some wonderful subjects in his latest article, including evolutionary psychology (sociobiology). One of the things to note about evolutionary psychology and Neo-Darwinism is that neither can prove much of anything. What they do is tell stories based on certain assumptions. Other than that, there is actually very little substance to either. Even natural selection may be highly over-rated in regards to what it can do in the micro. Some researchers have concluded the natural selection will tend to resist change and sort of homogenize features, not advance new ones.

            Also, in regard to Neo-Darwinism, the paradigm has already shifted past it to an information paradigm. As some writers have said, if Darwin had offered up his theory today knowing what we know, it’s unlikely it would have got much traction. The core fact is, Neo-Darwinism cannot account for the creation or evolution of anything. It can nip off a few interesting mathematical modeling of populations (and that is highly interesting). But there is nothing about this that shows how these complex systems could ever arise. In fact, Behe’s “The Edge of Evolution” does a convincing job of showing that the point-mutation/natural selection paradigm could never create the complex systems we see today. There is a limit (that he delineates) to what point-mutations and natural selection can do. And it’s a very very limited power.

            The fact seems to be, we are not the result of some random jumbling of particles. Life is inherently not a product of the material (although the material is used, like clay or brick, as the medium to make something). We are instead the product of information. Neo-Darwinism is irrelevant because it in no way accounts for this.

  4. Timothy Lane says:

    Glenn Beck at The Blaze has an article on a Danish survivor of the Muslim attack on free speech last Saturday. Being interviewed, she insisted on the need for the rule of law as opposed to Shariah law and its anti-blasphemy demands that restrict free speech. The interviewer tried to back off from that, insisting that they didn’t know for sure why the killer (who was shouting the usual “Allah akbar” curse, as the survivor pointed out, having heard it herself as she took cover) acted. This is a reminder that in Europe as in America, the problem is mainly the elites who control the media and other key institutions; a sizable percentage of the ordinary people know better. The link is:

    http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2015/02/17/denmark-terror-attack-survivor-said-she-wont-submit-to-shariah-law-thats-when-the-news-anchor-interrupted-her/

    • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

      At some point you have to wonder how wantonly stupid these Europeans can remain in the face of obvious barbarians. Had I written this script in a sci-fi novel, it would likely have been derided as implausible. The very people for whom “nicey-nice” is their driving philosophy has no immunity system whatsoever to deal with those who aren’t nice. These libtards become like a Bozo sock-em clown.

    • Anniel says:

      I read her answers to the newscaster yesterday, then found the audio and wanted to stand up and cheer. That’s how conservatives need to be when they get the chance to speak up. Don’t get beat down.

      I think there is some tipping point in any society, as there was in Sodom and Gomorrah. I hope Denmark and Europe in general still tip in the right direction.
      I pray that we’re still in the game enough to win the battle here. I think we’ve got enough good people. Oh no, Rush is playing Marie Harf right now. Sigh.

  5. Jerry Richardson says:

    Anniel,

    Today the Danish people do not remember their heroic past. Maybe they have not been taught their own history, but some of them have freely chosen to forget. —Anniel

    I saddens me that this has been happening, at what seems like an increasing pace, in the USA.

    • Anniel says:

      With the MSM in charge we get only one side. It is discouraging, but faith still plays a big part in what actually happens. I keep telling myself to buck up.

  6. Misanthropette says:

    I hope this post isn’t a non sequitur, Dear Anniel. It isn’t intended to veer off topic, rather to take a cue from your expose of Danish muslims and their lack of cultural awareness.

    While doing research recently, I witnessed something very peculiar and disturbing at the local library. In a room set aside for a collection of locally significant historic documents and papers, a family bible dating from the late 18th to early 19th century is prominently displayed. Nice senior citizen ladies are on duty to help people locate documents in the room and serve milk and cookies (just kidding about the cookies, but they are very helpful). In came a muslim, who immediately fixated on this Bible. A nice old lady asked him if he had any questions, and he started to lecture her and the rest of us within earshot about Jesus and Allah, and Islam, and Islam being the “true faith”, and how the Bible references Islam, blah, blah, blah. I believe the technical term is “creeped out”. I felt very strongly this guy was exactly the kind of person who would open fire or set off a bomb or rip up the book. I could perfectly imagine after that incident what Nadal Hassan’s medical peers must have felt whenever he “presented” at medical conferences!

    The Nice Old Lady on duty handled him very well, but I don’t feel comfortable with muslims in the library after that. Someone who feels bold enough to lecture people about their religion in a quiet research room in a public library, is a precursor of things to come…. I’m debating about speaking to the collections curator in order to have the book removed under lock and key or ensuring its safety.

    • Anniel says:

      Your story is very disturbing and probably that bible does need protective custody. Respect for others does not seem to be a guiding principal in the lives of many Muslims, and the powers that be give in almost always.

      I had a Muslim acquaintance a few years ago who gifted me with a very expensive copy of the Koran and a book of poetry by a man she said was their greatest Sufi poet, who lived in the 16th Century. I decided to read the poet first – What a shock that was as I suddenly realized it was all homoerotic, and to me very sickening. I put the book in the gift bag with the Koran, closed it all up and put it in a storage box somewhere. But I would never say anything critical of her gift.

      I still have a lot of difficult feelings towards my Muslim friends who treated me so kindly. I wish we could trust each other implicitly.

  7. Timothy Lane says:

    Mary Katharine Ham at hotair.com reported tonight on an interesting situation in Norway: a group of about 1000 Muslims plan to do a protective “ring of peace” around a local synagogue. We shall see how it works out, but it’s a reminder that the problem isn’t all Muslims (in fact, some branches of Islam — such as the Sufis — seem to be harmless, albeit also rare). The Koran has its good parts, but it’s also full of admonitions to war against ALL infidels. The problem is that so many, for various reasons, pay attention to the latter (and this includes a large number of the younger generation, also for various reasons). But not quite all of them. (This actually makes the situation more difficult; if all Muslims were evil, it would be easier in some ways to deal with them.) The link to the story is:

    http://hotair.com/archives/2015/02/18/norwegian-muslims-plan-ring-of-peace-to-protect-oslo-synagogue/

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