The exhibition “Victims of the Nazi ideology” tells the story about the people who lost their lives as a consequence of the German occupation of Denmark from April 9, 1940 until May 5, 1945. With this exhibition we aim to focus on the victims as individuals instead of just being numbers of casualties in a history book. 

For each victim we have tried to find pictures of them and their homes as they looked around the time of the occupation. This has not been possible for everyone. Therefore you will see that with some victims we have put pictures of the places they were employed. In other cases we have not been able to find any pictures. For each person we have tried to describe the circumstances of their death, where they belonged in the community, their address or workplace. 

In the exhibition you will meet fishermen, people from the resistance movement, apprentices and many others. They all had their homes in the Municipality of Frederikshavn and they all shared the common fate of being victims of the Nazi ideology.

The exhibition is laid out in 3 departments:

                  The Coastal Museum of Skagen – Victims from Skagen and Ålbæk

                  The Coastal Museum of Bangsbo – Victims from Frederikshavn and Strandby

                  The Coastal Museum of Sæby – Victims from Sæby and Voerså

Stumbling on the past 

The exhibition is part of a quite large project about the victims of the Nazi ideology in the Municipality of Frederikshavn. The project is financially sponsored by the Melsen Fund.

The primary aim of the project is to place the so-called “Stolpersteine”, “Snublesten” in Danish and “Stumbling blocks” in English.

Stumbling blocks are small memorial stones the size of a cobble. They can be placed for everyone who died as a consequence of the Nazi ideology and Hitler’s Third Reich. The stones will be placed at the victim’s home or workplace. Places where the victims last stayed. They are also places where we live and work today.

It was the German artist Gunter Demnig who came up with the idea of ”Stolpersteine”. There are more than 84,000 stones placed in more than 2,000 spots in Europe. These “Stolpersteine” or “Stumbling blocks” enables you to stumble on the past.

 

You may learn more about the stones at www.snublesten.org