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Holger Jacobsen (1904-1974)



Holger Jacobsen was 12 years old when his father brought him along to witness the meeting at Folkehjem, where the pro-Danish crowd gathered to listen to H.P. Hanssen. Generally speaking, he was in close proximity to several important events linked to the Reunification of Southern Jutland with the rest of Denmark. As a scout he was personally involved in making the honorary arches for the route Christian X would ride along – as the Danish monarch would visit Southern Jutland to celebrate Reunification Day, crossing the old border on 10 June 1920. Later in life Holger worked at the national registry office for South Jutland and became an assistant curator at Maritime Museum Aabenraa.


You now have two options (note: audio files in Danish only):

  • Footprint Story about “the songbird”: a dramatized interpretation of Holger Jacobsen’s life around this time, and his version of events during the meeting at Folkehjem.
  • Interview with Anne Lilholt, Holger Jacobsen’s granddaughter, who relates the events of 17 November 1918 as seen through her grandfather’s eyes that day. The interview was conducted by the Museum of South Jutland, on behalf of Aabenraa Municipality.

Click on the story you want to hear (note: audio files in Danish only)