The Frøslev Camp Museum – The National Museum of Denmark
Visit the Frøslev Camp Museum and take an educational journey into the history of Denmark. Explore the different exhibitions describing the lives of the prisoners in the camp during and after World War II. The Frøslev Camp Museum is a part of the National Museum of Denmark.
Exhibitions: Prisoner barracks and watchtower
The Frøslev Camp Museum is a part of the National Museum of Denmark and comprises three exhibition buildings.
See the watchtower and visit the earlier prisoner barrack H4 to see how the prisoners lived in the Frøslev Camp from 1944-1945. Some of the rooms look the same as they did at the time and you will get a very authentic picture of the camp during this period. Other rooms hold exhibitions which show you the German surveillance of the camp. You will also have a look at the daily life of the prisoners – including deportations to German concentration camps and the evacuation by The White Busses. Towards the end of World War II The White Busses evacuated several thousands of concentration camp prisoners to the neutral Sweden. The area around Padborg-Kruså and the Frøslev Camp were important hubs in this comprehensive evacuation.
Barrack H6 informs you of the Fårhus Camp in the post-war years 1945-1949. The exhibition has its focus on the German minority in Southern Jutland which was afflicted by the court cases.
1945-1949: 5,000 prisoners
Maybe you will be surprised to learn that the camp was still in use after World War II? The camp changed its name to the Fårhus Camp. And as from May 1945 until the fall of 1949, the camp was functioning as an internment and prison camp during the court cases after World War II. During these four and a half years more than 5,000 prisoners were imprisoned in the Fårhus Camp for a longer or shorter period. The Fårhus Camp was the largest of the so-called prison camps for traitors in Denmark.
1944-1945: 12,000 prisoners
Did you know that the Frøslev Camp was built to be a German internment camp in 1944, during the German occupation of Denmark? Thousands of Danes were placed in the camp as prisoners of the German Security Police. Actually, more than 12,000 prisoners passed through the Frøslev Camp as prisoners during the nine months, in which the camp was active. The camp was built to avoid deportations of Danes to the German concentration camps. Still, about 1,600 prisoners from the Frøslev Camp were sent to the horrors of the German concentration camps.
The Frøslev Camp was something very special in Europe. The Germans accepted that the Danish Prison Administration was handling food for the prisoners. Therefore, there was, on the whole, no hunger, illnesses, violence, humiliations or killings in the Frøslev Camp – quite differently from the German camps.