Friday, May 05, 2006

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May 5, and Denmark was liberated from Nazi occupation 61 years ago.

"The five cursed years" as the occupation is referred to by those who were there, and when the liberation finally came, the score on how the Danes had dealt with the occupation could to be settled:

If you had joined the resistance from day one...
-you were a hero!

If you had joined the resistance on may 5...
- you were a hero!

If you had joined the resistance from day one, but belonged to the communist party...
-you were rotting away in a concentration camp, courtesy of the Danish police who had supplied the German police with lists of known Danish communists.

If you belonged to the Danish Police....
-you were ALSO rotting away in a concentration camp....when things get tough, even the friendliest occupying Army can't have locals running around armed.

If you had joined the SS to fight the Bolschevik barbarians in Soviet Russia...
-you got a jail sentence (if you had somehow survived the war)

If joined the SS to fight the Bolschevik barbarians in Soviet Russia, but were highly decorated and escaping murder charges in Denmark...
-You got a hideaway in Bavaria.

If you had joined one of the special (and especially brutal) police units who collaborated with the German Gestapo....
-you got shot on sight, or went to court and received a death sentence (the death penalty was abolished in Denmark in 1933 but on popular demand it was re-activated for crimes done under the occupation)

If you were a woman or girl who had dated German soldiers...
-You got beaten up, had your head shaved and were paraded around town.

If you had been part of the Danish government who had agreed to do trade with Nazi Germany, let Danes go and work in Nazi Germany, let Danes join German Armed forces to go to war for Nazi Germany...
-you stayed in office.

If you belonged to the 99% majority of Danes who for five years took things as the came and stayed out of trouble...
-you went out in the streets to celebrate...

(If you were an artist or writer who couldn't keep his mouth shut...
-you paid a fisherman a heap of money to sail you to neutral Sweden and stayed there in exile until the occupation was over)


(applause)
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Not my people
Not my war

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