Saturday, May 5, 2012
I wrote a blog in 2009 (May 5, 1945) about the importance of May 5 in Danish history, but it was more to just explain WHAT the holiday is...
But then today, in the midst of all the Giro hype in Herning, I realized that TODAY is May 5 and I do not think that it is a day that should just pass by without some kind of recognition.
As an American, I have a very different perspective on WWII.
#1- Our history books in our schools teach things from a very American perspective (which is fine, but sometimes I realize that I have a distorted view on the REAL story....)
#2- Because I come from a country that fought WWII on someone else's land, I don't think I have a full understanding of everything that happened during those years. And that is because of what May 5 symbolizes. It was not just the date that marked the END of the war and the LIBERATION of many concentration camps, but it was also the day that the Germans LEFT, after YEARS, many of the places which they had occupied during the war---one of those places being Denmark.
That concept of OCCUPATION is not something that I can fully understand. But it is something that I WANT to know more about. I plan to talk/interview Mads' parents and find out more about Denmark during that time. I want to hear more about what it was like to live in a country being controlled by someone else. I have read Lois Lowry's novel about one family's experience during the German occupation of Denmark and it has enough factual elements in it, that I want to know more..... and we are to a point in our history that many of those who LIVED through so many of these historical events are becoming older and older and if we don't talk to them soon, we will lose the stories....... we will lose the history.
So even though Herning is covered in Pink and GIRO is the first thing on most minds today, I think we should pause for a moment and remember that today is May 5, 2012 and 67 years ago, it was the day that Denmark regained its freedom from the tyranny of the German government.