This is Frøslevlejren, the Frøslev Camp, right by the border between Denmark and Germany. The camp was built in 1944 after the Germans had started deporting Danish prisoners to German camps. The Danish government somehow made a deal with the Germans that Danes should be sent to this camp in Denmark and not to Germany. Amazingly, the Germans largely kept their agreement; of some 12,000 internees who passed through the camp, "only" 1,600 were actually sent to camps in Germany and most of those survived!
There are more photos from Frøslevlejren on Flickr.
This is the central watch tower. It is now used as a museum.
Another example of illegal crafting, a pincushion.
Now, the reason why I really wanted to show this place to Tony is that my farfar (paternal grandfather) was one of the prisoners there. It's not quite clear exactly why he was there. He has written a memoir and it suggests that he may have spied on the Germans or in some way was involved with more 'hands-on' illegal actions against them. I hope he was - I'd be really proud of that!
I visited the camp many years ago with my family, but I think now I'm older I can really appreciate what the people in the camp went through, although what I can imagine probably doesn't even come near to what it was actually like.
What I do know, is that it is really important to keep the memory of that horrible part of history alive and not forget what happened then. Because I think that might easily happen - it is so long ago now and there are fewer and fewer people around who lived through it.
It must never be forgotten or trivialised.
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