Occupied: Denmark's Adaptation and Resistance to German Occupation 1940-1945

 
9788788214796: Occupied: Denmark's Adaptation and Resistance to German Occupation 1940-1945

On April 9, 1940, Nazi Germany invaded Denmark and Norway and occupied them both until the end of the World War Two. In the beginning, Germany tolerated the continued administration of the country by the Danish government in exchange for law and order and increased Danish exports to support their war effort. Despite the combined efforts of the German and Danish authorities to suppress opposition and resistance to German occupation, a small, determined band of communists and conservative patriots initiated a Resistance movement that grew to a mass movement by the end of the war. Along the way, the Danish Resistance carried out a sabotage campaign against Danish firms working for the Germans, published 26 million copies of illegal newspapers, helped force the cooperative Danish government from office, and assisted 95% of the Jews in Denmark escape to safety in Sweden. Occupied is the first English-language general history of the German Nazi occupation of Denmark to be published in the last 40 years. It is based on a considerable body of new work produced by Danish occupation historians. Illustrated with 186 photos . "Nathaniel Hong's book on Danish occupation history is a balanced and engaging account on both the conspicuous resistance experience and the non-heroic adaptation to the Occupation Power, which in some instances came close to outright collaboration. The book does not beautify or condemn but explains the tension between the two main political lines and its importance for Danish cultural, economic, and social history during the occupation and the postwar development. The book is highly suited for both the general reader and for the organized study of Danish history." Palle Roslyng-Jensen, Senior Lecturer in History, Copenhagen University.

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