I was born November 20th, 1941 in Christianshavn (Copenhagen). As my father, who was second-in-command on the Royal Navy's mineswipper "Hajen", was killed in action on August 29th, 1943, I together with a younger brother was raised by a single mother. We lived in the area of Copenhagen called Nyboder. In my childhood I spent my summer holidays with my grandparents in the small town Skaerbaek in the western part of North Schleswig and on the island of Roemoe, where today The Axis of Evil is Aabenraa, Copenhagen and Brussels, that is the regional, national, and European government.
During the preparation for confirmation in the Lutheran church in the spring of 1956 I became interested in religion and Christianity. As a consequence I converted to Catholicism and was accepted into the church on October 31st, 1960.
I left the school after the ninth class in 1958. Hereafter I had different jobs before I became an apprentice in electro-mechanics at the Royal Navy's shipyard at Holmen, Copenhagen. For two years I did my best making the Navy's destroyers, torpedo boats and submarines manoeuvrable, then I left the vessels to their own devices and began studying.
For three years I went to night schools. I passed the "realexamen" in 1962 and the student exam (classical languages) in 1964. In the same year I followed the summer course at L'Univeristé de Paix (Tihange-Huy, Belgium), founded by the Nobel- and Sonning Price Winner Father Dominique Pire O.P. The next year I took the exam in philosophy at Copenhagen University. I became M.A in history from the University in 1975.
Besides my master thesis "The Documentary 'Your Freedom is at Stake' as Historical Evidence" (1974, 354 pp.) I wrote three major papers:
- "The Relationship between King Haakon V. Magnusson of Norway and Duke Eric of Sweden, 1302-1319" (1968, 45 pp.)
- "Breeding and Export of Oxes from Jutland During the Second Half of the 18th Century" (1970, 69 pp.)
- "The Traditions of the Gauls' Conquest of Rome in 390 BCE" (1972, 79 pp.)
The title of my master lecture was: "The Concept "Filmdocument" in Relation to the Concepts "Ueberreste" and "Narrative" in the Classical Source Criticism."
At the same time as I studied for my "Realexamen", I worked each morning in the sacristy of the Catholic St Ansgar's Cathedral Church, and later I was a half-time clerk in J. Lauritzen's shipping firm for two years.
During my studies at the university I had several teaching supply jobs in primary and lower secondary schools in Copenhagen and Frederiksberg. Also, for half a year I tried to give junior officers some basic ideas of how our society was functioning at the Navy's Military Academy. In my last two years I had a supply job at the Amtsgymnasium of Roskilde, teaching history and ancient culture. Hereafter I worked as
Supply lecturer at the Amtsgymnasium of Roskilde 1975-1977
Lecturer at Niels Steensens Gymnasium, Copenhagen, 1977-1979
Lecturer at the Amtsgymnasium of Roskilde 1979-1995
External lecturer at the Historical Institute, University of Copenhagen, 1976-1982
External lecturer at the Historical Institute, Odense University, 1976-1977
Lecturer at the General Education University of Copenhagen 1976-1995 and at other General Education Universities in Denmark 1978-1996
External examiner in history at the universities 1996-2006.
Since my youth I have suffered from Morbus Bechterew aka Spondylitis Anchylopoëtica. Due to this illness, which in no way is poetic, I retired from ordinary work in 1995 and have since been a free-lance historian and writer.
Scholarship for Students, Copenhagen University 1973.
Professor Ludvig Wimmer's and Wife's
Det Letterstedska Fondets Travel Grant 1992 and 2003.
I have made manuscript and old book research in Stockholm, Uppsala, Oslo, Flensburg, Neumünster, Uffenheim, Frankfurt am Main, Rome, Madrid, and Oxford and film research in Oslo and Koblenz.
Among my interests are
Roman monuments and ruins, Judaism, Jesus and the early Christianity, Nordic Middle Ages and Reformation, Monasticism, Medieval Church murals, Paulus Helie, Rhetoric, Historical writings in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, Friar Jacob in Mexico, the Jesuits in Paraguay, the history of Ireland and Italy, World War II, Pius XII and ha shoah (Holocaust), Nazi Film Propaganda.
I was married from 1973 to 1984 and had one daughter, who is a phD candidate at the University of Warwich (UK). Since 1965 I have lived in Frederiksberg, a suburb of Copenhagen.
I have travelled in most countries in Western and Eastern Europe and in Turkey, Israel, USA, Nicaragua, Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay, and Brazil.
I collect books, photo copies, plastic bags, and first day-stamps, and thus contradicting the words of the Danish playwriter Gustav Wied (1858-1914): "Some people collect stamps, others believe in God."
In 2007 I became chair of the Catholic Reform Group "Vi er ogsaa kirken" (VEOK), which is part of the "International Movement We Are Church" (IMWAC).
My X-mas Crib
Things Found Only in America
1. Only in America ...... can a pizza get to your house faster than an ambulance.
A Liberal and a Genie
A liberal came upon a genie and said, "You're a genie. Can you grant me three wishes?" The genie replied, "Yes, but only if you're feeling generous enough to share your good fortune." The liberal said, "I'm a liberal. I'm always happy to share." The genie said, "O.K., then, whatever you wish for, I'll give every conservative in the country two of it. What's your first wish?" "I would like a new SUV" "O.K., you've got it, and every conservative in the country gets two SUVs. What's your second wish?" "I'd like a million dollars." "O.K., you get a million dollars, every conservative gets two million dollars. What's your third and final wish?" "Well, I've always wanted to donate a kidney."
Sarah Palin, Einstein and Picasso at the Pearly Gates
Einstein dies and goes to heaven. At the Pearly Gates, Saint Peter tells him, "You look like Einstein, but you have NO idea the lengths that some people will go to sneak into Heaven. Can you prove who you really are?"
Einstein ponders for a few seconds and asks, "Could I have a blackboard and some chalk?"
Saint Peter snaps his fingers and a blackboard and chalk instantly appear. Einstein proceeds to describe with arcane mathematics and symbols his theory of relativity.
Saint Peter is suitably impressed. "You really ARE Einstein!" he says. "Welcome to heaven!"
The next to arrive is Picasso. Once again, Saint Peter asks for credentials.
Picasso asks, "Mind if I use that blackboard and chalk?"
Saint Peter says, "Go ahead."
Picasso erases Einstein's equations and sketches a truly stunning mural with just a few strokes of chalk.
Saint Peter claps. "Surely you are the great artist you claim to be!" he says. "Come on in!"
Then Saint Peter looks up and sees Sarah Palin. Saint Peter scratches his head and says, "Einstein and Picasso both managed to prove their identity. How can you prove
Mrs. Palin looks bewildered and says, "Who are Einstein and Picasso?"
Saint Peter sighs and says, "Come on in, Sarah."
Obama Plays God
A little boy wanted $100 badly and prayed for two weeks but nothing happened.
Then he decided to write God a letter requesting the $100. When the postal authorities received the letter addressed to God, USA, they decided to send it to President Obama.
The President was so impressed, touched, and amused that he instructed his secretary to send the little boy a $5.00 bill.
The little boy was delighted with the $5.00 and sat down to write a letter to God, which read:
“Dear God, Thank you very much for sending the money, however, I noticed that for some reason you had to send it through Washington D.C. and, as usual, those crooks deducted $95.00.”
Erasmus of Rottedam, one of my heroes.
Painting by Hans Holbein the Younger,
1524 (Louvre, Paris).
The Sedar Meal. Drawing by Eva Meintner (May 1, 1931,
October 28, 1944) in Theresienstadt.
The Rybner Coat-of-Arms, Tres Arroyos, Argen-