Back when I was trying to figure out the plot of what would later become the second novel in the Sabotage Group BB series called ‘Codename Panzer’, the Director Ole Kröll paid me a visit, as he was directing a radio play based on one of my older novels and wanted to share some thoughts with me.
The walls of my study were covered with post-it notes in all colors—and I was at my wit’s end, missing the last few pieces of the plot for ‘Codename Panzer’. Normally, I keep those things to myself, I’m not the kind of writer who talks about my works in progress, but that day I did.
I told him about the major parts of the plot, a dirty scheme made by some high ranking Danes and the Nazis, but I lacked some parts of the setup to make the novel come full circle.
Being quite older than I am, Ole Kröll went silent for awhile. “You know,” he said in a serious voice, “some claim that happened for real.”
“You’re kidding me?” I said. “I made this up. It’s fiction.”
He then gave me the titles of some old books concerning Escape Route North and the meeting at Hotel d’Angleterre. Whereas the Nazi Escape Routes are historical facts, the meeting held at the Hotel d’Angleterre is considered a myth or a conspiracy theory. However, the myth did come very close to what I was plotting for my novel, and reading the books did deliver the missing parts for my story.
The myth tells how members of the Danish Resistance met with German leaders near the end of the war at Copenhagen’s finest hotel, the d’Angleterre, and agreed to join forces to fight the Communist part of the Resistance in case Denmark was liberated by Soviet forces.
Some still believe this myth to be true, others rejects it fiercely. Me, I don’t know. It does have a logical ring to it; but I guess, we’ll never know. Denmark was liberated by British forces.
What I do know is that the Danish politicians who had cooperated with the Germans appealed to young men to join the German army, and urged for the public to report on the Resistance, then returned to power after the war. They reintroduced the death penalty and adopted retroactive laws to punish the traitors serving the Germans. The smaller perpetrators got the worst punishment, the bigger got less, and some seemed too big for justice.
This made my story plausible.
Still, remember it’s fiction. There never was a sabotage group called BB among the Danish Resistance and there never was a Daisy Hotel, nor a secret branch of the Gestapo called IV2x. CEO Halle and most of the characters in the two books in the Sabotage Group BB series only exist inside these books. I’ve used the historical settings quite freely to support the tale I had to tell. The aim wasn’t historical correctness or romantic nostalgia. It was to tell a story about the darker sides of human nature, and those sides are often most clearly spotted in time of war.
Read more about ‘Codename Panzer’ HERE