5th May 1945: Liberation of Denmark

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Okay, yes, we know it: lots of other places were liberated too in May 1945 by the British… But being Scandies, we get a little nostalgic around this time of year and often cast our minds back to our grandfathers and grandmothers who all fought, in their own way, during those dark years. Under the watchful eye of General Bernard Montgomery, Denmark was liberated on 5th May (actually, 4th in the evening- Except Bornholm, a small beautiful island south of Sweden, that was still occupied for a while after that). Today, 5th of May, is the 65th anniversary of the Liberation of Denmark. Neighbours Norway were liberated on 8th May.

Every year on the 4th May in the evening, the Danes pop a whole load of candles in the window to signal the end of the Nazi occupation: to celebrate the light and to celebrate freedom. It’s very pretty.

War is a nasty, nasty thing. Sometimes, however, looking back is not about remember only the bad stuff, but remembering stuff we learnt and the price we had to pay for freedom, whether from personal experiences or learning from the stories our grandparents told us.



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