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Old 09-06-2019, 06:15 PM
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If you will care to have a look at Eya and Iceflower's posts above, I will tell you the inspirational story of a genuine hero.

Summary of article in Billed Bladet #36, 2019.
Written by Trine Larsen.

Recently QMII went to the Aarhus, to the Remabrance Park there, located right in front of Marselisborg.
Here she witnessed the unveiling of a statue of the Dane, Arp Sindberg. The statue is paid for by the Chinese city of Nanjing, where he (among other foreigners) are revered as a national hero each 13th December.

Back during the Japanese-Chinese War, in 1937, the then Chinese capital Nanjing was taken and subjected to a medieval sacking by Japanese troops over a period of several months. It was literally free rape, free plunder, free violence and free killing of Chinese and at least 300.000 were killed and countless women were raped, often repeatedly, as they were force-recruited for bordellos for the soldiers, until worn out or killed. - In fact a high ranking general in the Kwantung Army (the Japanese army in China) gave the advise to his soldiers that if they - enjoyed - Chinese women, they ought to either pay them or kill them afterwards.
It was the opinion of the Japanese general staff in China, that their soldiers deserved "a bit of fun" after a hard fight. So free sacking was the norm in China. And the Chinese were subhumans anyway, and since they hadn't done the honorable thing and killed themselves rather than being conquered they were without honor and as such totally worthless. All that in accordance with the extreme interpretation of the samurai code of Bushido that was prevalent in Japan before and during WWII.
The Chinese to this day are still very bitter over these massacres of which Nanjing was the worst. They are even more bitter, because the current Japanese establishment - media and politicians - have actively downplayed incidents like these. And instead they focus on the heroics of the Japanese soldiers fighting in China.

When the Japanese closed in on Nanjing, the relatively few foreigners there, mostly left. A few remained though in various functions, as representatives of major foreign businesses and overseers for businesses.
Their panic-stricken Chinese employees eventually trickled into the premises of these foreign businesses - with their families. And told horror story after horror story of what happened in the city where the Japanese general staff gradually lost control of their solders and officers on battalion level and down. If the foreigners were in doubt, they needed just look out the windows or venture outside the factory gates to see atrocities first hand.
One such atrocity was at a river. A group of Japanese officers discussed "interesting ways of killing Chinese." They chopped of the arms of a group of Chinese men and threw them into the river...
So a number of foreigners took advantage of the fact that they were foreigners and as such protected from abuse by the Japanese and the Japanese authorities were by no means interested in antagonizing major foreign businesses.
So "employees" found shelters by the tens of thousands on the grounds owned by the foreign companies - in order to keep the place running. And they were - mostly - out of bounds by the Japanese soldiers. And there was some bribery of senior Japanese officers as well.

The risk for the foreigners themselves was of course huge, and foreigners were indeed both subjected to abuse and even killed. And this went on for months.
In the end even these shelters were not safe anymore. In an bizarre way of restoring discipline, the Japanese general staff set up brothels for the soldiers - and officers. But they needed "fresh meat" and the only place left to find young - unspoiled - women by now was in these company-shelters. So hundreds of young women were handed over to the Japanese - or the Japanese would come in and take them...
Eventually this savage sacking of Nanjing fizzled out. The soldiers became numb and sick of the months of rampage and the Kwantung army was to move - and just as importantly, the foreign pres had begun to write accounts of what went on in Nanjing. So in 1938 the nightmare gradually ended.

But back to Bernhard Arp Sindberg.
He joined the Foreign Legion and ended up as an overseer for the large Danish cement company F. L. Smidth and he was directly responsible for tens of thousands of Chinese being saved, finding shelter at the plant outside Nanjing.
After WWII he settled and lived in California, where he also died.
His relatives were present for the unveiling - they did not think the statue resembled Arp Sindberg very much, but it's the honor that matters.

Representatives of the city of Nanjing, QMII and the major of Aarhus gave speeches.

Despite being honored in China, Arp Sindberg, was until today virtually unknown in Denmark. What happened in China in the 1930's was very far away and WWII came just a year later and everyone forgot about China and so was Arp Sindberg.
It's good that he at least got a statue.
Thank you Muhler for telling us about Arp Sindberg and thank you to the municipality of Aarhus for commemorating this hero. The events at Nanjing must never be forgotten; here in my province of Ontario we have many members of the Chinese community who work hard to keep those memories alive.
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Old 09-08-2019, 12:09 PM
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Queen Margrethe attended a mass and reception on the occasion of the Holmen Church's 400th anniversary at the Holmen's Church in Copenhagen this morning, September 8:


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Old 09-08-2019, 04:55 PM
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In relation to this the DRF shared some pics from previous DRF events at this church
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Old 09-10-2019, 12:02 PM
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The Queen today thanked the Dannebrog's crew for this year's sailing season


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Old 09-20-2019, 12:01 PM
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The Queen participates in ceremony and reveals a new memorial for Danish soldiers who lost their lives in Danish and Allied service in the period 1940-45 today

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Here's a video of today's ceremony:

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Old 09-20-2019, 03:14 PM
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And about time these soldiers got an official memorial!

A bit late, though, for the vast majority of them.

The Danish sailors who died during WWII sailing with the allied convoys have a prominent memorial, not far from the Little Mermaid. It looked pretty neglected the last time I saw it though.
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Old 09-23-2019, 01:19 PM
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The Queen is present today at the Society for the Publication of Danish Memorial's 100th Anniversary at Christian VIII's Mansion, Amalienborg


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Here's a video report about the ceremony:

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Old 09-27-2019, 11:58 AM
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At Fredensborg Castle, The Queen Margrethe today receive new ambassadors from the Philippines, South Korea, Iraq, Germany and Iceland.


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And yesterday 26 September visit a new exhibition at Christiansborg Castle entitled "A Queen Worthy - Master, Patron, Monarch", was created in collaboration with Copenhagen's Goldsmiths Association


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Old 09-28-2019, 01:54 PM
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Thanks, Eya.

It's a little funny to see QMII in connection with horses and races. Benedikte, yes absolutely! But QMII...
I think it's pretty safe to boil QMII's knowledge and interest in horses down to: They've got four legs and eat grass.
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Old 09-29-2019, 02:33 AM
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Queen Margrethe gave an interview to swedish Expressen Kvällsposten:
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Old 09-29-2019, 08:49 AM
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I loved reading this interview. Queen Margrethe II is a very intelligent woman. It must be fantastic to hear the stories she has to tell.
It is noted that the Queen loves her position as monarch and knows a lot about the history of the Danish monarchy and the Scandinavian monarchies.

She says she never thought of relinquishing the throne and would only possibly do so if she became seriously ill.

"Not as I can imagine, no, but maybe if I was really hopelessly sick. My attitude is to sit for a lifetime. The mission is for life."
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Old 09-29-2019, 09:00 AM
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A new metro has opened in Copenhagen and QMII was the first passenger:
https://jyllands-posten.dk/indland/t...ny-metrolinje/


Not that much new here.
QMII admits she is not the best farmor in the world, in the sense that she feels she really ought to spend more time with her grandchildren.
She also makes it very clear that she has no intentions of abdicating, barring serious illness.
But to me the most interesting bit was her comments in the current climate-issue. While agreeing that the climate is indeed an issue, she also caution against not getting panicky and urge not to act in panic. Which might lead to a wrong approach in solving the issues. She for example find it baffling that it almost leads to a guilt trip among the Swedes if they fly - Sweden is after all a big country...

- It's interesting I think, because I wholeheartedly agree with her. Lets keep our wits and find sensible solutions to the climate issues.
And also in the light of an ongoing discussion of the political role of the British Monarch. Where it is seemingly a public demand that the BRF in general and QEII in particular should keep their mouths shut in all political issues. The climate being very much a current hot political issue.
No one here batters an eyelid over QMII giving her opinion on the general political views on the climate - in fact it's hardly mentioned in Danish papers quoting this interview.
And current political trends is something she talks about often in interviews and in particular in her New Year speeches.
It's an interesting difference in approach, I think.
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Here are a few more photos from the opening of the M3 Cityringen metro line in Copenhagen.

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Wonderful speech from her. I love how people cheered at it and how happy she looked today.
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Old 09-29-2019, 01:56 PM
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A new metro has opened in Copenhagen and QMII was the first passenger:
https://jyllands-posten.dk/indland/t...ny-metrolinje/


Not that much new here.
QMII admits she is not the best farmor in the world, in the sense that she feels she really ought to spend more time with her grandchildren.
She also makes it very clear that she has no intentions of abdicating, barring serious illness.
But to me the most interesting bit was her comments in the current climate-issue. While agreeing that the climate is indeed an issue, she also caution against not getting panicky and urge not to act in panic. Which might lead to a wrong approach in solving the issues. She for example find it baffling that it almost leads to a guilt trip among the Swedes if they fly - Sweden is after all a big country...

- It's interesting I think, because I wholeheartedly agree with her. Lets keep our wits and find sensible solutions to the climate issues.
And also in the light of an ongoing discussion of the political role of the British Monarch. Where it is seemingly a public demand that the BRF in general and QEII in particular should keep their mouths shut in all political issues. The climate being very much a current hot political issue.
No one here batters an eyelid over QMII giving her opinion on the general political views on the climate - in fact it's hardly mentioned in Danish papers quoting this interview.
And current political trends is something she talks about often in interviews and in particular in her New Year speeches.
It's an interesting difference in approach, I think.
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Old 09-29-2019, 03:15 PM
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Summary of article in Billed Bladet #37, 2019.
Written by Trine Larsen, who appears to have attached herself to QMII.

This covers the second half of QMII's visit to Schleswig Holstein and the informative interview with her at the end of the trip.
A pretty impressive trip, I might add, for a woman her age! 44 items in four days! Yet, she coped in fine form. There are no reports of her being tired or less than concentrated.

The main focus was visiting the ethnic Danish minority there. The vast majority are German citizens, but consider themselves Danes.
But the visit also covered the Bundesstaat of Schleswig Holstein in general.
And there was one detail that was very much noted. A lot of ethnic Germans welcomed QMII waving the German flag.
Coming from a country that is among the very most flag-loving countries in the world there is nothing unusual about that in the eyes of a Dane. But in (post WWII) Germany waving the flag around, especially for ordinary citizens is a recent thing. But after Germany won the world cup in 2006 it has (fortunately IMO) become acceptable and that was very much evident at this visit. - The ethnic Danish minority waved Danneborg like there was no tomorrow as usual, and that may have helped/spurred on the ethnic Germans.
Perhaps some of our German members can elaborate?

There was plenty of culture for QMII to admire and just as much archeology for her to feats her eyes on - and she did!
Dannevirke, the old border-wall, between the Danish realm and Charlemange's expanding empire is the site of most interesting digs and there have been quite a lot of finds from the Viking Age and the Iron Age predating that period. I.e. the period when the nation of Denmark was born.
That includes the town of Hedeby. Which in early Viking Age was pretty much the only and certainly the largest town, not only in the Danish realm, but Scandinavia! It was a trading center between east and west and also the center of a thriving slave trade.
According to archeological finds the 30 km long border-wall, Dannevirke, was build in the 500's. Earlier than previously estimated.
There is little doubt that influential Danish chieftains would have visited and seen was at the time was left of Hadrian's Wall and the Roman walls along the Rhine frontier and found inspiration there.
The town of Hedeby was founded close to the wall, for protection - and political and economic control.

But back to QMII who was busy visiting Danish schools, retirement homes and cultural houses but also a small school in the town of Risum, where they teach in Frisian. The Frisians are a minority along the German and Dutch coast. Britains may have heard of them, they were after all the reason why the Romans there build coast-towers. - When the Frisian raiders (among others) came to Britain...
The weather was pretty atrocious though. It rained. A lot!

While there QMII also visited a Danish high school, where an eighteen year old student, Johanne Juul Olsen, gave a very evocative speech on behalf of the young Danes, who perhaps surprisingly feel a very strong attachment to Denmark and in being Danish.
It was a speech that deservedly made a big impression on QMII. There was in particular one phrase QMII found very beautiful: Hjertehjem = home of the heart = Denmark. QMII praised the student and thought that was a speech worth rereading.
QMII was in general most impressed with the young Danes. They are loyal German citizens but who also feel Danish and have a very strong attachment to Denmark. QMII herself is, perhaps also somewhat surprisingly, very much admired among the young there.

QMII was like all of her generation, and mine, taught German in school. She was never fond of the German grammar though. (German grammar is considered very complicated by Danes.) But even though her German has become rusty, she was still able to speak the language during this visit.
It is a pity, she feels, that German is not studied by many young Danes anymore, since we are neighboring countries (and a major trading partner) - but as she puts it: She can understand why...

The reason for this visit taking place this year, is that it is a kind of precursor to the celebrations next year, when the northern part of Schlesvig voted themselves back to Denmark in 1920 after having been lost to Prussia after the Second Schleswigan War in 1864.
That part of Denmark is now known as Southern Jutland. That reunification was be celebrated big time next year! So this visit was a statement to the ethnic Danes in Germany saying: You haven't been forgotten.

- The scans to this article can be found in this post: http://www.theroyalforums.com/forums...ml#post2256316
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Old 10-04-2019, 11:51 AM
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Queen Margrethe is present at the festive opening of the newly renovated research refugium “Fuglsang Refugium” at Fuglsang Herregaard in Toreby in Lolland today


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Here's a gallery of today's opening:


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