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Hitler's Savage Canary (Paperback)

A History of the Danish Resistance in World War II

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By David Lampe
Frontline Books
Pages: 256
ISBN: 9781526760722
Published: 30th September 2019

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Adolf Hitler stated that after occupation Denmark would turn into a ‘model protectorate’. Winston Churchill, meanwhile, maintained that the small country of (then) four million people would become ‘the sadistic murderer’s canary’. In the end, neither was right.

Though their resistance organisation was slower to develop effective tactics on a wide scale than in some other occupied countries, with initially no help from the Allies the Danes set up a resistance movement that proved to be a constant irritation to the Axis forces. In time the Danish Resistance, the Modstandsbevægelsen, was not a meek canary, but a dangerous and courageous bird of prey that refused to be caged.

The scale of the resistance to the Nazis in Denmark is without equal: twenty-six million issues of illegal newspapers had been published by 1945; radio guides for Allied aircraft had been set up on the coasts; boat services ran between Sweden, Denmark and Britain; a news bureau provided a stream of inside information to the Allies; German ships were unable to move out of the ports; and troops were frustrated by the sabotage of railways and air bases. Incredibly, almost the entire Jewish population, some 7,000 people, was shipped to safety in Sweden. The selfless courage shown by the Danes, when collaboration would have been an easy option, is astonishing.

This story of heroism and daring by a small country is a thrilling read, and provides a real insight to the mindset of a people under occupation.

This book covers the history of Danish Resistance in WW2.
Describing the countries resistance to five years of German occupation.
The stories and experiences of many individuals who daily risked their
lives to defy the Nazis in Denmark.
Fascinating accounts of heroism with rare photo images of resistance in action.
A very interesting and at times incredible read of bravery courage and defiance.

WW2 Connection

It is without any doubt that the atrocities of Wrold War II will never be forgot, the mindless brutal killings that Hitler ordered are still a potent reminder to the evils of fascism. During WWII Denmark was occupied from 1940-1945 that gives a series of complex narratives. This book is the focus of the narrative of human strength, courage and compassion during that nazification of Denmark. The Danish resistance goes without parallel, it was far from the 'model protectorate' that Hitler had stated it to be. The scale of the Danish resistance was immense, it encompassed illegal newspapers. radio guides for Allied aircrafts and German ship blockades. The very fact that the Danish Jews did not perish in the nazi death camps is verification to the strength of the resistance. Hitler's Savage Canary gives an excellent account of the Danish resistance and the compassion's of the Danish people. Moreover, this book gives an insight to the repression of military occupation and the Danish fight to preserve national self respect. This is an easy reading book that is based on eyewitness accounts and stories, nevertheless it is rich in historical fact and should not be ignored as an historical study.

Stephen Wood (Customer Review)

About David Lampe

DAVID LAMPE served with the US Army in Europe during World War II and is the author of The Savage Canary: The Story of Resistance in Denmark. Sadly, he passed away in 2003.

WWII: A general strike against the Nazi occupation is started in Denmark

28th August 1943

With no help initially from the Allies, the Danes set up a resistance movement that proved to be a constant irritation to the occupation forces – not a meek canary, but a dangerous and courageous bird of prey that refused to be caged. The selfless courage shown by the Danes, when collaboration would have been an easy option, is astonishing.


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