Blue armband with a royal coat of arms medallion issued to a Danish resistance fighter
1945 May 05
- Object Type
Brassards (military armbands) (aat)
- Credit Line
- United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Knud Dyby
Armband with a metal shield issued to Knud Dyby, a Danish resistance fighter, on May 4 or 5, 1945, the final days of the German occupation. The armbands suddenly appeared throughout Denmark, issued by the Danish Freedom Council, the unofficial government-in-exile. The armbands were meant to turn the underground fighters into a legitimate army because, under the Geneva Convention, resistance members could be considered guerillas and executed on the spot by the Germans. Denmark was occupied by Germany on April 9, 1940. The Danes were allowed to retain control of civil affairs, until the Germans declared martial law on August 29, 1943. The Danish Freedom Council formed that September to coordinate the resistance movement.
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The collection consists of artifacts and documents relating to the experiences of Knud Dyby and his involvement with several Danish underground organizations during World War II.
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The Knud Dyby papers consist of correspondence, personal narratives, photocopied records, photographs, printed materials, resistance materials, and subject files documenting the German occupation of Denmark and Knud Dyby's involvement in resistance work including rescuing Danish Jews and transmitting information.