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The Danish Experience of World War II

The Danish Experience of World War II In-Person

This talk will provide a personal introduction to the fascinating history of Denmark's role in the Second World War. The country was occupied by Nazi Germany from April 9, 1940 until the last days of the conflict and every Danish person - ordinary civilians, soldiers, politicians, businessmen - had to make important decisions about how to respond to the crisis. There was heroic resistance, to be sure, but there was also opportunism, collaboration, and a litany of bitter compromises. The legacy of these years continues to influence contemporary Danish politics and national discourse, and poses difficult questions that many Danes struggle to find satisfactory answers to.

The history of the catastrophe that was the Second World War is becoming more nuanced as the temporal distance grows between it and our own time. The Danish experience serves as a useful case study of just how impossible it is to tell a straight-forward, black and white story of the War and the people caught up in it.

Location: Du Bois Library, W. E. B. Du Bois Center, Room 2220 (22nd floor)

Friday, November 18, 2022
3:00pm - 4:00pm
Time Zone:
Eastern Time - US & Canada (change)
W. E. B. Du Bois Library, W. E. B. Du Bois Center (Floor 22)
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Adam Holmes
UMass Amherst Libraries