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Danish radio's war baby

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Construction of Statsradiofonien's headquarters on Rosenørns Allé in Frederiksberg got underway in 1938, but it took another 7 years before Radiohuset finally opened. The building was designed by the architect Vilhelm Lauritzen and is regarded as a major work of…

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Lied to the Germans

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Time / Periode 1938 1945
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Radiohuset was almost half-built in 1940 when Denmark came under German occupation. The occupying force immediately assigned a German radio attaché to ensure that staff at the national radio studios did not attempt to broadcast anti-German programmes over the airwaves. But director of Statsradiofonien F.E. Jensen and architect Vilhelm Lauritzen did not want a German controller pulling rank over them at the opening ceremony. From then on, progress on the building began to slow down. The only work outstanding was the concert hall. The property developer's excuse to the Germans was a shortage of construction materials. In fact, those materials were kept hidden away until the occupying force had left the country.

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