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BBC NEWS | World | Europe | Muhammad cartoon row intensifies

Newspapers across Europe have reprinted caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad to show support for a Danish paper whose cartoons have sparked Muslim outrage.
Seven publications in France, Germany, the Netherlands, Italy and Spain all carried some of the drawings.
Their publication in Denmark led Arab nations to protest. Islamic tradition bans depictions of the Prophet.
The owner of one of the papers to reprint - France Soir - has now sacked its managing editor over the matter.

Great to see newspaper editors standing up for freedom at personal and professional risk, I'm embarrassed to see no UK paper has done the same. And isn't it typical of France that for every brave man there is a weasel who bows to the oppressors and does their bidding, before they even have to ask!

Talking of the Danes I listened to talk about this book on the radio - now on my list to buy:

Hitler's Canary - Sandi Toksvig

The story of how the Danish, uniquely, stood up to the Nazi invasion of their country by smuggling out virtually their entire population of Jews, thus saving them from the gas chambers, is one that should be better-known. The broadcaster and comedienne, Sandi Toksvig, is herself half Danish, and she has woven the tales her father told her about the occupation of Copenhagen with Edmund Burke’s famous dictum that “the one condition necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” ...
There are not as many classic children’s novels about the Second World War as there should be, but this is one of them. Yet this was a war in which children, above all, were victims and heroes, and Toksvig’s enchanting and inspiring tale reminds us of how even the smallest people made a difference.

Comments

Yes the story should be better known; unlikely though considering it involves a population bravely and successfully defing an authoritative state.

It is hardly a story that's going to be encouraged here.

If you want to publish the pictures they're here.

I was in greece (as usual) a few years ago and followed what looked like a dodgy road down to a beach where I found a brand new taverna. there was not much going on apart from a relatively elderly gentleman sitting drinking outside whilst his daughter-in-law/granddaughter) prepared lunch for the punters who had yet to arrive. as usual I got talking. he had gone to the usa after the war and only returned recently to his childhood island where he had bought the land etc to set his kids up in business.

he told me that during the war he had regularly helped jews, who had made their way to his german occupied island, by taking them by fishing boat to alexandia. after one such trip he got to alexandria only to be informed that somehow british intelligence had heard that the germans were on to him. he could not return. instead he joined the british army. his family did not know what had happened to him and were not aware he was alive until he returned to his island after the war. quite movingly he told me one day he was on the island and some visitors arrived. there were jews whose life he had saved in the war and they had returned to thank him.

This is a wonderful story. I'm linking to it from my blog. Thanks for sharing it!

I tried to ping this story, but it's not letting me for some reason.

If you are interested, I referred to this here:

http://bluestarchronicles.blogspot.com/2006/02/danes-unique-moral-courage.html

Thanks!

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