Studien zur literarischen Erinnerungskultur für junge Leser
Edited By Gabriele von Glasenapp and Hans-Heino Ewers-Uhlmann
History Retold. Recent Danish Literature for Children and Young Adults Based on the German Occupation of Denmark 253
Anna Karlskov Skyggebjerg (Kopenhagen) History Retold. Recent Danish Literature for Children and Young Adults Based on the German Occupation of Denmark Children’s books about the Occupation of Denmark have been written and pub- lished ever since it ended. One would perhaps imagine that the ever-increasing distance from it would mean a waning interest, but that does not seem to be the case. Over the last few years, a whole range of remarkable children’s books have appeared, all set in Denmark during the 1940-1945 period. Even though we have just celebrated the 60th anniversary of the end of the Occupation, new things can still be written about it, and the time gap can be said to have had the effect of freeing up material. This should not be taken as meaning that newer books are less reliable, historically speaking, but rather that they present the period in a new light. In this article a number of recent Danish novels will be examined: Mette Winge’s Farligt forår (2000; Dangerous Spring), Bjarne Reuter’s Drengene fra Sankt Petri (1991; dt.: Freiheit ist einen Kampf wert, 1993), Lars Holmgaard Jørgensen’s Sabotøren (2004; The Saboteur), Benni Bødker’s Besættelse (2005; Occupation), Martin Petersen’s Med ilden i ryggen (1999; Leaving the Fighting Behind). These novels have been chosen because they represent different ten- dencies in the treatment of historical detail. In addition, several older titles are mentioned, but only superficially. The novel will be looked at under three headings: 1) The Occupation and...
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