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 Bent “Flammen” Faurschou-Hviid

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Bent “Flammen” Faurschou-Hviid Famous memorial

Birth
Asserbo, Halsnæs Kommune, Hovedstaden, Denmark
Death
18 Oct 1944 (aged 23)
Gentofte, Gentofte Kommune, Hovedstaden, Denmark
Burial
Hellerup, Gentofte Kommune, Hovedstaden, Denmark
Memorial ID
43331384 View Source

World War II Resistance Fighter. The son of a hotel owner, his father sent him to Germany to learn hotel management. There he experienced the ugly face of Nazism. On his return to German-occupied Denmark he joined the resistance group "Holger Danske" and soon became a leading member, undertaking sabotages, the organizing of arms, and executions, particularly of informers. He was feared by the Germans who put on his head the highest price ever offered for any resistance fighter. He was known as "Flammen" ("Flame") because of his red hair, and some of his exploits together with his friend nicknamed "Citronen" were dramatized in the film "Flammen & Citronen" ("Flame & Citron") from 2008. The Germans finally caught up with him when he was having dinner with the family that offered him shelter in their home. As the Germans stormed into the house he swallowed the poison capsule that he always carried with him. Those present in the house were arrested and the house blown up. After the war he was posthumously awarded the US Government's Medal of Freedom.

World War II Resistance Fighter. The son of a hotel owner, his father sent him to Germany to learn hotel management. There he experienced the ugly face of Nazism. On his return to German-occupied Denmark he joined the resistance group "Holger Danske" and soon became a leading member, undertaking sabotages, the organizing of arms, and executions, particularly of informers. He was feared by the Germans who put on his head the highest price ever offered for any resistance fighter. He was known as "Flammen" ("Flame") because of his red hair, and some of his exploits together with his friend nicknamed "Citronen" were dramatized in the film "Flammen & Citronen" ("Flame & Citron") from 2008. The Germans finally caught up with him when he was having dinner with the family that offered him shelter in their home. As the Germans stormed into the house he swallowed the poison capsule that he always carried with him. Those present in the house were arrested and the house blown up. After the war he was posthumously awarded the US Government's Medal of Freedom.

Bio by: Erik Skytte


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  • Maintained by: Find a Grave
  • Originally Created by: Erik Skytte
  • Added: 20 Oct 2009
  • Find a Grave Memorial ID: 43331384
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/43331384/bent-faurschou-hviid: accessed ), memorial page for Bent “Flammen” Faurschou-Hviid (7 Jan 1921–18 Oct 1944), Find a Grave Memorial ID 43331384, citing Mindelunden Memorial Park, Hellerup, Gentofte Kommune, Hovedstaden, Denmark; Maintained by Find a Grave .