JF Ptak Science Books Post 2607
This is certainly an early telling of this story, now so often repeated--it occurs in the address "Danmark", given by Joe Congress on the radio station WBYN (1430), Brooklyn, on September 30, 1941, at 10:15 p.m. The address came about a year and a half after the occupation of Denmark by Germany (April 9, 1940)--there was an mortifying existence between the Nazis and the Danes from that point out to the end of the war. It is in this broadcast where Congress tells the story of the King of Denmark and the Nazi flag.
The king, Christian X (1870-1947), observed a Nazi flag flying from a public building in Copenhagen, which was "a rank violation of the terms which Adolf Hitler imposed on Denmark". The King, riding on a horse, reigned it in, and addressed a German officer standing by the building with the flag:
"Take it down !" the King ordered a German officer in front of the building.
"Orders from Berlin," replied the officer.
"The flag must be removed before 12 o'clock; otherwise I will send a soldier to do it," the monarch declared.
"The soldier will be shot," warned the Nazi officer.
"I am the soldier!" said the King.
The Swastika came down.
It is a terrific story, and Congress heaps the praise on the king and on the Danes in general--but, on the other hand, he laments that there's little of this behavior going on presently in Denmark, and talks about the neutering of the police and branches of government. He does however talk about the growth of patriotic songs and poetry, which has become a new resistance weapon for the Danes.
Congress asks, "do not the Danes sing today, as they did years ago:
Fill up holes of ignorance, and bury
narrow selfishness beneath the sod.
Of the meek and soft evoke a people
That will bend its will alone to God."
Evidently they did, because Congress reports that in the growing community sings of Copenhagen that hundreds of thousands of people were turning out to sing in the squares and parks--10,000 stood in Faelldepark. It is a patriotic weapon "that the Nazis cannot match".
I looked up Mr. Congress and found this review of his broadcast, in Radio-News, for Auguast 9, 1941. It is remarkable in the small-world category because in this shrt review there is mentioned an interview with Alexander Uhl, foreign editor for PM newspaper, and someone who works and papers are here in my store.
Source: Radio Station WBYN, Brooklyn, NY (1430 Kilocycles). "Danmark", by Joe Congress, September 30, 1941. Transcript printed by Free Denmark, Inc., 80 Broad Street, NYC. My copy was received by the Library of Congress less than a month later.