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Great Danes in Exile: Part 1 - Piet Hein
by Norman Berdichevsky (Dec. 2008)
Shakespeare characterized a famous Danish Prince, Hamlet, and indeed all of us as the victims of the “slings and arrows of outrageous fortune.“ The same might be said to apply to the entire Danish nation. Its endurance and many achievements in the arts, sciences and democratic institutions were in the last century and a half twice jeopardized by invasion and occupation (1864 and 1940-45) by an aggressive Germany. Many foreign observers and even Danes such as Hans Christian Andersen questioned whether a nation that had so long placed its trust in good will and mutual respect rather than armed resistance to aggression could long endure. more>>>