World War II seems never to go out of fashion, but of late we've had a spate of WWII films: Valkyrie was our would-be Christmas pres-
ent, followed not that long after by WWII zombies courtesy of Dead Snow. Only last week we learned about the end-of-
war plight of German women vs. Russian soldiers in A Woman in Berlin, and two weeks
hence we'll be graced with the first-ever comedy from Germany about Herr Hitler and his Third Reich -- My Führer -- about which I'll have more to say later. Right now, let's discover what Denmark was all about during this same period.
In the new film FLAME & CITRON by Ole Christian Madsen (shown at right), we're invited to become part of the Danish resistance, about which I previously knew very little. (I had earlier stated that this movie was about the Norwegian resistance. How I arrived at this mistaken conclusion, I don't know, but I do apologize for the error.) Among the Scandinavian countries during WWII, while Sweden kept its "neutrality" intact and Finland was busy fighting Russia (which was trying to expand its border into its that of its smaller neighbor), little Denmark and much larger Norway were quickly occupied by the Nazis. Regarding the Holocaust, Denmark managed to keep almost all of its Jewish population safe from slaughter but Norway's Jews were not so lucky. While most Danes capitulated (as do denizens of all "occupied" countries) to the Nazis, some fled the country to Britain (there seems to have been a rather strong connection -- commerce, espionage -- between Denmark and England, to which Madsen's movies makes reference). Some few, remaining in place, ended up joining the resistance.