Funeral procession in Helsingør, where a French soldier found his rest

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This picture shows a funeral procession in Helsingør, north of Copenhagen, in honour of a French officer. The officer was buried in Helsingør because after the war Denmark became a transit country for French and English soldiers who had been interned in German camps. The soldiers were often very weak and were sent to Denmark by ship to be treated in various camps around Copenhagen. After that, and if they survived, they could be sent home. These soldiers were greeted with a great deal of sympathy by the local population who held strong anti-German sentiments.

In World War One Denmark remained neutral, yet was engaged in humanitarian work both during and after the conflict. On several occasions Denmark was host to foreign prisoners of war interned in special camp hospitals.

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Funeral procession in Helsingør, where a French soldier found his rest
Created:
1919
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Photograph
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Det Konglige Bibliotek
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