WW II arms cache handed in to Danish police

Stephen Gadd
June 30th, 2017

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A museum dedicated to the Hvidsten resistance group would like to add the historic weapons to their collection

The historic inn now has a museum dedicated to the resistance group (photo: Hans Jørn Storgaard Andersen)

A police campaign during June granting immunity to people who handed in unlicensed weapons has yielded some surprising results.

One of them is the discovery of a cache of 25 weapons that were dropped by the British during WW II to the Danish Hvidsten resistance group.

READ MORE: The innkeeper, his family and their inspiring resistance

Normally in cases like this, the weapons would be destroyed, but some people feel they should be preserved, TV2 Nyheder reports.

Important relics of the past
On 29 June 1944, eight captured members of the group were shot by the Germans and are now buried near Hvidsten inn, which was the headquarters of the group. A museum recently opened dedicated to the Hvidsten group, and a film was made about their exploits in 2013.

Søren Fiil Paetch is the fourth generation of the Fiil family running Hvidsten inn and the great-grandson of Marius Fiil, who was the leader of the resistance group. He feels that the weapons should belong to the museum.

“Tomorrow, my lawyer will contact the police to find out if this would be possible,” said Paetch.

“I know they ought to be destroyed, but as we have a museum devoted to the Hvidsten group, I would really like to have some of them here. I realise, of course, that they would first have to be rendered safe.”


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