Ryvangen


At the end of August 1943, the Germans imposed a state of emergency in Denmark, the danish government was deposed and the danish military disarmed. The state of emergency also meant that Danish citizens were more likely to be arrested, deported or even executed for their possible association with the Danish resistance movement. In Copenhagen, an execution site was set up on a pistol-shooting track adjacent to the barracks of the engineer troops in Ryvangen. The execution site was later moved to another location in the same area. The bodies were also buried in the area and were executed between September 1943 and the liberation in may 1945 about 200 Danes in Ryvangen. Among other things, members of the resistance groups Hvidstensgruppen and Holger Danske were executed. Many of the executed had been imprisoned in Copenhagen’s Vestre Prison.

Current status: Monument (2015).

Address: Tuborgvej 33, 2900 Hellerup.

Get there: Commuter train to Hellerup station.

My comment:

Ryvangen is a memorial park with regular opening hours and can not be visited outside these. The exception is the former pistol shooting range located outside the memorial park. In addition to monuments at both execution sites, a memorial garden has been established for Danish citizens who died in German concentration camps, a memorial wall for Danes whose bodies have never been found and a monument at the grave site of the executed. The monuments are linked by small roads surrounded by greenery and there are also information boards in the area.

Follow up in books: Holm, Axel: Hvidsten gruppen (2012).