We woke up to rather grey skies so we decided to visit Froslevlejren Museum in Padborg on the Danish/German border. This museum is on the site of and tells the story of the German Froslev internment camp. The camp was built in 1944 following negotiations by then Danes with Germany to keep Danish POW in Denmark and run by the German Security Police. Although some 12,000 prisoners were interned in the camp some 1600 prisoners were in fact deported to Germany.
The Froslev Camp was unique as the Germans accepted that the Danish Prison Administration (run by Danes) was responsible for the prisoner’s food (so ample food was available). There was also no torture or executions with prisoners also being allowed one visitor per month. This was very different to the other concentration camps.
After the war (between 1945-1949) the camp now called the Farhus Camp was used as an interment and prison camp for suspected Nazi collaborators. Over 5,000 individuals were detained in the camp.
The museum was fascinating telling the story of the camp and its prisoners and also how different it was to the other concentration camps where some inmates were deported to.
After lunch we headed further west to the town of Tonder which lays claim to be Denmark’s oldest town. It was a pleasant place to wander around with some interesting old buildings.
From Tonder it was a short distance to the small village of Mogeltonder. The village has a royal castle called Schackenborg. The original castle was presented by the Crown to Field Marshal Hans Schack in 1661 following his victory over the Swedes in 1661. The Shacks’ family lived there until 1978 when it was returned to the royal family. Today the Danish Queen’s youngest son lives in the castle We could just see the castle from the road.
The main street of Mogeltonder was charming with thatched cottages but even more impressive was the church with its lavish interior . Its rich frescoes, gallery paintings and ceiling drawings were unbelievable . There was also a balcony with private seating for the Schack family called a “countess bower”
Although the weather had not been very good it had been an excellent exploring day.