Film Footage from WWII Appears in Denmark

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One of the occupations boldest resistance actions were directed against the German Chamber of Commerce in April 1945. Film historian Lars-Martin Sorensen has found footage of the action in DFI’s archives.

The documents, which were collected during the Resistanceagainst the German Chamber of Commerce in April 1945, plays a significant role in the film historian Lars-Martin Sorensen’s new book, “Danish film during the Nazi era.” The author had read that action was taken, but it was unknown whether the film even existed. He found the film via “forage” method: The three-year research project made it possible that he could see everything that was in the occupation to do in DFI’s archive – and one day there was so gain.  


Sorensen describes the event as follows:

Norreport station in Copenhagen on the morning of 17 April, 1945. A small group of young men in long coats goes rapidly into the gates of the German Chamber of Commerce. Over the next three hours with the scarf masked fighters from the group in 1944 the staff of the Chamber of Commerce and removes over half a million documents. This includes the case of letters from Danes who want to do business with the Germans and stick letters that indicate Jews in Danish business life. The purpose of this action is to obtain evidence, so these Danes can be prosecuted as war is soon over. This Tuesday morning, the group teamed up with a cameraman to film the action from an apartment opposite the Chamber of Commerce. During the progress of the action also takes photos, which later brought in illegal newspapers.

The leader of the project, which goes by the name “Node”, the young art students Ib Bech Christensen, the temporal key “whistleblower”. Together with the group in 1944, he has gone to great and dangerous lengths to provide similar documentation on numerous actions in the occupation last year.”Node” when not experiencing defeat of the Nazis: A week after the action against the Chamber of Commerce get the ram him, but his works live so far now as important source material for film historian Lars-Martin Sorensen’s book, “Danish film during the Nazi era.”

Read more over at the Danish Film Institute and watch the clip there!

Emma Vestrheim

Emma Vestrheim is the editor-in-chief of Cinema Scandinavia. Originally from Australia, she is now based in Bergen, Norway, and attends major Nordic film festivals to conduct interviews and review new films.