Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt Stop #19
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Hi, everyone! I’m Sarah Sundin, and I love writing about the drama, daring, and romance of the World War II era. My bestselling novels have won the Christy and the Carol Awards, and my latest novel, The Sound of Light, received starred reviews from Booklist and Library Journal. When I’m not writing, I love taking our rescue dogs on long walks and cuddling our adorable baby grandson! You can learn more about me and my books here on my website and on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
The Sound of Light
In Denmark during World War II, Baron Henrik Ahlefeldt assumes the identity of a common shipyard worker, rowing messages to Sweden for the Resistance. His life depends on keeping his secret hidden—a task that proves challenging when he meets Else Jensen, an American physicist who seems to see right through him. When the Occupation cracks down on the Danes, these two passionate people will discover if there is more power in speech . . . or in silence.
The story of Denmark in World War II is fascinating—but not well-known. Here are some…
Big Stories from a Small Country
When the Germans invaded Denmark on April 9, 1940, the tiny nation was shocked. Having depended on neutrality for defense and with a small and poorly equipped army, Denmark fell in a few hours.
The Germans decided to treat Denmark as a “model protectorate” and allowed the king and parliament to remain in power. For three years, the Danes had freedoms unseen in other occupied countries, food was plentiful, and no antisemitic laws were enacted—the Danish Jews weren’t even required to wear yellow stars.
Since the standard of living was high, resistance was slow to develop, but develop it did. As resistance groups grew and became better organized, acts of sabotage increased. And as resistance increased, the Germans began to crack down. In August 1943, the Germans demanded that the Danish government give the death penalty for sabotage—a punishment banned in Denmark for many years. In protest, the entire Danish parliament resigned. And in response, the Germans declared martial law.
In October 1943, a drama unfolded in Denmark. Werner Best, the Reich Plenipotentiary to Denmark, under pressure from Hitler, issued a decree to round up all the Jews in Denmark on a single night, October 1–2, 1943. However, his friend, Georg Duckwitz, German shipping attaché in Denmark, informed some Danish politicians at great personal risk. Word spread to the Jewish community and the resistance—and the entire nation.
Almost as one, the Danes rose up and offered shelter to their Jewish friends and neighbors—some handed the keys to their summer cottages to complete strangers. Within days, between 7,200 and 7,800 Jews were in hiding. When Sweden announced that they would grant asylum to the Danish Jews, the Danes began transporting their countrymen across the narrow strait of water that separates Denmark from Sweden—by yachts, fishing boats, and even by rowboats and kayaks!
The Germans were able to arrest only 474 Jews in Denmark. These men, women, and children were deported to Theresienstadt. Due to hounding by Danish leaders, the Danish Jews were treated well, with about 58 deaths—the highest survival rate in any Nazi-occupied country.
I hope you find this story as interesting and inspiring as I did, and I enjoyed bringing it to life in The Sound of Light. You can order the novel from Baker Book House, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, ChristianBook.com, or at your local bookstore!