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Jenny Kammersgaard
Birth: Jul. 24, 1918
Nordjylland, Denmark
Death: Nov. 29, 1997
Syddanmark, Denmark

Celebrated Swimmer. As a teenager she took up long-distance swimming, and in 1937 she crossed the Kattegat from Zealand to Jutland in 29½ hours. This feat made her an international celebrity and she received congratulations from all over the world, including a telegram from Adolf Hitler. A special "Jenny Kammersgaard Waltz" was composed in her honour. The next year she swam from Gedser in Denmark to Warnemünde in Germany. The distance between the two cities is 52 kilometres, but because of a strong current and drift she had to swim 110 kilometres (approx. 68 miles), which took her 40 hours and 17 minutes. This brought her praise from King Christian X of Denmark. Nazi scientists wanted her to come to Germany in order to examine her and try to find the secret behind her achievements, but nothing ever came of that. After having become a qualified swimming instructor she continued long-distance swimming, and in 1950 and 1951 she successfully swam the English Channel. In her fifties she set records in ice-water swimming. (bio by: Erik Skytte) 
 
Burial:
Herlev Churchyard
Copenhagen
Hovedstaden, Denmark
 
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Originally Created by: Erik Skytte
Record added: Jun 25, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 20079470
Jenny Kammersgaard
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Jenny Kammersgaard
Added by: Erik Skytte
 
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