In the following project we concern ourselves with a group of danish volunteers who fought in the Waffen SS during WWII, how they and their families were met with defiance in danish society, and more importantly why? Approximately 6000 danes actively fought for the german army. By joining ranks with Waffen SS and thereby the Nazi cause, they isolated themselves from society. They had crossed a line, and were consequently labelled as traitors by large segments of the danish population. The gradual stigmatisation that followed did not only affect the volunteers, but also their families. The volunteers and their families were on the wrong side of the line that seperated the danish population from the german occupying force. By analysing police reports that deal with the relationship between the german occupying force (including the danish volunteers) and danish civilians, we give an account of the defiance the volunteers and their families were subjected to. Furthermore, we show how the sense of a national togetherness that became increasingly present during the war, and specific events that took place during the occupation, were the main sources of the defiance and stigmatisation, the volunteers and their families were subjected to.
|Uddannelser||Historie, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Bachelor el. kandidat|
|Udgivelsesdato||12 jan. 2010|
|Vejledere||Claus Bundgård Christensen|
- Waffen SS