But it is a time that the Danish people choose to remember.
As the Danish flags are flying all over Herning (and I am sure, many other cities across the country), the Danes remember that when they woke up on April 9, 1940, things were still as normal as could be in a time of war....
But as that day progressed, the Germans made their way into the country, setting up camp in the places that they thought would help them hold off the Allies and eventually win the war. So that by the time they woke up on April 10, 1940, the country was under the control of the Germans.
They built bunkers in the middle of our forests.......
and all along our coastline
and they even had their own cemetery on Danish soil where they could bury
their countrymen who died during the war.
German Occupation from April 9, 1940 to May 5, 1945.
As an American, I cannot really comprehend what it would be like to have your country
OCCUPIED by another government, especially a government that was in direct opposition
to the things that you believe in. But I am hoping that each year I live here, I will learn a little more about this dark time in Danish history. My knowledge of WW2 is from a very American perspective..... so I hope that I can broaden that perspective and see the ways that the war affected those living in the land where it was being fought.....