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Palle Høybye 1980
From an interview with Palle Høybye in a newspaper 1980:
- and when they asked if anyone had seen the airman the answer was, "No, and if we had we would not tell about it."
Neither the police succeeded in finding him, but on the fourth day there was
a telephone call from the railway station in Daugaard that they
Just then it was announced that a German
Major had come to fetch the prisoner. I went out and explained to him that
we were interrogating
Then the meal started: Fried plaice and rice. When the worst hunger had been satisfied I held a small speech to Philson. I told him that we were occupied and that the Germans were in charge and that we, even if we hated to do it, had to hand him over to the Germans.
Then the burly Police Sergeant Hübschmann
from Christiansfeld stood up and stated that he had been in World War I on
the German side
Now Philson asked me for paper and a pencil, and then he wrote a little speech that he asked me to translate to the assembly. I still have that little scrap of paper.
"Thank you, all my friends
for your Godly kindness to me, my mother and father would indeed be happy if
only they could know just how kind you are.
Then we stood up and sang "Der er et yndigt
land" - the Danish national anthem.
We corresponded for a number of years and in
1952 he visited us in Horsens with his brother-in-law. Later two of my
daughters have worked as housemaids in his
He could never forget our gathering in Daugaard. It had helped him keeping the spirits up in all of his time in captivity. (Translated by Anders Straarup)