The story of how the Danish, uniquely, stood up to the Nazi invasion of their country by smuggling out virtually their entire population of Jews, thus saving them from the gas chambers, is one that should be better-known. The broadcaster and comedienne, Sandi Toksvig, is herself half Danish, and she has woven the tales her father told her about the occupation of Copenhagen with Edmund Burke’s famous dictum that “the one condition necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” ... There are not as many classic children’s novels about the Second World War as there should be, but this is one of them. Yet this was a war in which children, above all, were victims and heroes, and Toksvig’s enchanting and inspiring tale reminds us of how even the smallest people made a difference.
There does seem to have been something unique in the spirit of this brave little country, in which King Christian could ride around the streets, guarded only by the love of his subjects, and in which there has never been a ghetto thanks to Denmark being the first country to grant the Jews full, unconditional emancipation. As Bamse’s father tells him, “There are large Danes, small Danes, lazy Danes, hard-working Danes, even Great Danes…but we are all Danish. That’s all."
Perhaps women and men of true conscience ought to learn a lesson from all of this madness. Not advocating amputation and random murders like barbarian savages are doing all over the world now in response to the perceived offense.. but SPEAK OUT ...let your voices be heard.