Dødsstrafspørgsmålet i Retsopgøret

Markus Dithmer Sletten, Tobias Midtgaard, Julie Vitcetz Kjær, Morten Mølbjerg Lund, Jacob Ejdrup Markedal & Nicolai Brenøe-Jensen

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


In this study, the press coverage of the Judicial Purge in Denmark during a period stretching from the liberation of Denmark May 5th 1945 until the first execution of a ‘traitor of the state’ and its mention in the press January 6th 1946 is the main focus. In the analysis of both established political newspapers and the newspapers representing the Danish resistance we examine with which political view and affiliation the judicial process and usage leading to and following the additions to the penal code. The arguments and counter arguments for capital punishment were very different between the established political newspapers and the newspapers representing the Danish resistance. The established newspapers were in general more reflective and balanced in the covering of the purge process, than the resistance’s papers were. The additions to the penal code which would, amongst other things, reinstate capital punishment were going to enable prosecution of war criminals retroactively. The study observes a noticeable shift in focus from mainly looking at the capital punishment as sentencing method to after the passing of the additions to focus on the individual criminals and their cases. The study concludes that the coverage of the judicial and political process changes character between the period of writing and debating the law and after its passing into law.

UddannelserHistorie, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Bachelor el. kandidat
Udgivelsesdato19 maj 2016
VejledereMichael Kjeldsen


  • Dødsstraf
  • Retsopgør