Shell House


In the spring of 1944, the Gestapo took over the Shell House in Copenhagen and established its headquarters there. The head of the Gestapo in Denmark was SS-Sturmbannfuhrer Karl Heinz Hoffmann (1913 – 1972). Danish citizens were brought to Shellhuset who had or were suspected of having a connection or connection to the Danish resistance movement for questioning. Members of Hvidstensgruppen and Holger Danske. Not infrequently, torture was used to force confessions, disclosures, or other information. On March 21, 1945, the British air force (RAF) carried out a bombing raid on headquarters that was more or less completely destroyed. But the raid also had a bitter aftertaste because a Catholic nursery mistaken for the Shell house was bombed, killing 86 children and 18 adults.

Current status: Rebuilt with monument (2015).

Address: Kampmannsgade, 1604 Köpenhamn.

Get there: Commuter train to Vesterport station.

My comment:

The school is no longer there, but a monument has been erected at the site where the names of the dead are engraved in stone slabs on the ground next to the monument.

Follow up in books: Höhne, Heinz: The Order of the Death’s Head: The story of Hitler’s SS (1969).