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We went to "Den Blå Planet" (The Blue Planet), which is the Danish National Aquarium. The building itself is very "chic":
The displays were gorgeous:
To keep the boys occupied, we tried out "Experimentarium". It was a "hands-on" type of place. There were several school groups there, so it was quite crowded. And, it was a warm day (no air conditioning...or it felt like it anyway). The boys found something to occupy themselves for a few minutes:
We also saw signs for a memorial park. We decided to take a different route going back to the train so we could see it. I'm so glad we did.
Mindelunden is a place where members of the Danish Resistance were executed by the Germans. It originally was an Army Barracks, until the German Army took it over and used it as a place to execute Danish Resistance Fighters.
It is a very peaceful place now, where wildflowers grow, and the grass is exceptionally green. It seemed so surreal to think that the place that was so quiet and peaceful saw such horror.
Deaths for Denmark but Never Recovered"
(YS & his great-uncle, with YS' friend behind him.)
In the back of the park, there is an execution range with 3 poles. The poles have been bronzed; the original poles are in the Danish Resistance Museum. (We went to that museum on our last visit and hoped to go again. Unfortunately, there had been a fire in the museum in April, and it wasn't open yet. All of the exhibits in the museum escaped devastation.) This is where the victims were bound before being shot. I actually placed my hand on them, and I could feel the anguish and the torture, even though they weren't the "real thing".
Plaque in the ground at the entrance of this execution field.
"Here we remember Danish men and women who gave their lives in battle against the enemy during the German occupation of Denmark"
To the left of the cemetary is another cemetary. 31 victims who died in German Concentration Camps were buried around this memorial plaque.
Thank you to Google Translate for the translations of the plaques! It's a wonderful thing!