Today is the fifth anniversary of the fall of Baghdad, but it’s also the 68th anniversary of the fall of Copenhagen to the Nazis. The King and the government decided early in the morning of April 9th, 1940 not to resist the Germans, and the capital was occupied in a matter of hours.
However, there was an active and organized underground resistance to the Nazis from 1940 to 1945, and more than 7,000 Jews were smuggled across the Øresund to Sweden.
The full story is told (in English) in today’s Copenhagen Post.
Last year when I was in Copenhagen Steen and Kepiblanc took me around Copenhagen harbor and told me further details of that fateful April 9th. As German warships entered the harbor, an artillery commander on one of the fortified islands prepared to resist. He either ignored or failed to hear the orders to let the Germans pass without a fight, and tried to fire his gun.
But the weapon jammed, the Germans entered the harbor unimpeded, and Copenhagen was spared the savage destruction that awaited so many other cities across Europe during those years.
Update: Kepiblanc left a link to a Nazi propaganda newsreel (posted at Hodjas Blog) about the invasion of Denmark. It’s very interesting, so I’ve embedded it below the jump.
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I think it’s telling that the Germans invaded and occupied Denmark in order to “defend its neutrality”. It reminds me of the efforts by the UN and the EU to suppress free speech in order to “protect the human rights” of Muslims.
Hat tip for the Copenhagen Post story: TB.