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Virtual Earth map of Camp Froslev - a german prisoner camp 1944-45

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Frøslev Prison Camp (Danish: Frøslevlejren; German: Polizeigefangenenlager Frøslev) was an internment camp in German-occupied Denmark during World War II.

In order to avoid deportation of Danes to German concentration camps, Danish authorities suggested, in January 1944, that an internment camp be created in Denmark. The German occupation authorities consented, and the camp was erected near the village of Frøslev in the south-west of Denmark, close to the German border. From mid-August until the end of the German occupation in May 1945, 12,000 prisoners passed through the camp's gates. Most of them were suspected members of the Danish resistance movement, Communists and other political prisoners. Living conditions in the camp were generally tolerable, but 1,600 internees were deported to German concentration camps, where 220 of them died (approximate numbers).

When the German occupation ended the prisoners were released, only to be immediately replaced with suspected Nazi collaborators, and the camp's name was changed to Faarhus Camp (Faarhuslejren). The internment camp was now run by the Danish resistance movement, and among those interned was Frits Clausen, former leader of the Danish Nazi party. Later on the Danish state would take over from the resistance movement, using the camp as the country's largest correctional facility for convicted collaborators.

By 1949 most collaborators had served their sentences, and the camp was converted to army barracks under the name of Padborg Camp (Padborglejren). The Frøslev Prison Camp Museum (Frøslevlejrens Museum) was inaugurated in 1969. According to a 2001 agreement, the camp will be preserved as a national memorial park. Some parts of the original 1944-45 prison camp, which had been demolished, have now been reconstructed, including a watchtower and a portion of the barbed-wire fence.

1983 the Civil Defence left Froslev and according to an aggreement between them and the Danish Forest and Nature Department all buildings should be demolished but the local authorities of Bov and Southern Jutland made an institution to protect the area. And so it was secured.

Today it houses the Froslev Museum, Danish Red Cross museum, UN Museum, Civil Defence Museum, Danish Homeguard Museum, Amnesty International and two schools.



 

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