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Kaj Harald Leininger Munk (commonly called Kaj Munk) (13 January, 1898 Ė 4 January, 1944) was a Danish playwright and Lutheran pastor, known for his cultural engagement and his martyrdom during World War II. He is commemorated as a martyr in the Calendar of Saints of the Lutheran Church on August 14 with Maximilian Kolbe.

Early on, Munk was a strong opponent of the German Occupation of Denmark (1940-1945), although he continually opposed the idea of democracy as such, preferring the idea of a "Nordic dictator" who should unite the Nordic countries and keep them neutral during periods of international crisis. His plays Han sidder ved Smeltediglen ("He sits by the melting pot") and Niels Ebbesen were direct attacks on Nazism. The latter, centering on the figure of Niels Ebbesen, a medieval Danish squire considered a national hero for having assassinated an earlier German occupier of Denmark, Count Gerhard III was a contemporary analogue to WWII-era Denmark.

He was arrested and subsequently assassinated by the Gestapo on January 4, 1944 at HÝrbylunde, near Silkeborg. On the site now stands a stone cross.


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