More than 75 years ago a Danish young man went to Nanjing to make a huge difference. He rescued up to 20.000 Chinese from attacking Japanese troops, when he and a colleague German Dr. Karl Günther set up a refugee camp at a concrete factory where he was stationed. And still today he is not forgotten in China - while in Denmark most have never heard of his name: Bernhard Sindberg.
During August 2015 a Chinese film crew visited Aarhus, Denmark to collect material for a one-hour documentary about Bernhard Sindberg, scheduled to release later this year.
Chinese Director Huang Kaifa and Deputy Director Thorsten Budde Haensel went to meet with the film crew while they were interviewing Sindberg's niece Marianne Andersen who lives in Lystrup near Aarhus. Here they met an old friend, retired journalist, author of a book about Sindberg and special consultant on the new documentary Mr. Dai Yuanzhi.
Bernhard Sindberg's story is truly remarkable and interesting. If you want to learn more you can read about him on wikipedia here
. The Aarhus newspaper has a large collection of articles
too (in Danish). Making a online search will prompt articles from Chinese newspapers.
From left: Mrs. Cao (wife of Mr. Dai), Thorsten Budde Haensel, Dai Yuanzhi and Huang Kaifa
Bernhard Sindberg at the refugee camp