‘Youth Off the Rails’: Teenage Girls and German Soldiers — A Case Study in Occupied Denmark, 1940–1945

  • Lulu Anne Hansen
Part of the Genders and Sexualities in History book series (GSX)


In late March 1943 the police in Esbjerg, Denmark’s fifth largest town, uncovered what they considered a sex orgy involving up to six local girls between the ages of 15 and 22. The Childcare Services in Esbjerg were contacted by the police following the incident, which had taken place in an apartment where the police found four girls ‘home alone’ in the company of four ‘half naked German soldiers’.1 The girls were placed in a local workhouse until their parents could be contacted, and the following day they were questioned concerning the incident. One 16-year-old girl lived in the apartment and told the police that German soldiers had visited her before while her parents were present. Her father confirmed this, stating that he did not see anything wrong with having German soldiers visit and that he considered it better than having his daughter running loose in the street. It later turned out that the girl was, in fact, often present at the local train station when the German trains carrying troops rolled in. One of the other girls admitted to having had sexual relations with a German soldier since the age of 14, but insisted that she now only had sexual relations with Danes.


Young Girl Sexual Relation Underground Press Danish Woman Childcare Service 
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