Lay Down Your Arms

Seven Danes’ fight for peace during the First World War

4 September 2014 - 31 January 2015 Rotunden-02

The Royal Library marks the centenary of the outbreak of World War I with the exhibition Lay Down Your Arms. The exhibition centres on neutrality and resistance to the war in Denmark. By means of letters, diaries, photographs, films and sound recordings it shows seven individual Danes' dilemmas and positions towards the war - from the balancing act of the defence minister, in the minefield of neutrality to the domestic science inspector, and peace activist's fight for the women peace movement. All seven adopt a stance towards the war and the violence. Some of them seek a compromise. Others become increasingly radical.


Seven stories

Camradt barberen

The Soldier                                

Christian Campradt 

Ingeborg Stemann

The Samaritan                                       

Ingeborg Stemann         

Fritzner The Syndicalist

Andreas Fritzner

Marie_Nielsen The Socialist

Marie Nielsen


The Peace Activist 

Eline Hansen


The Writer

Georg Brandes

P. Munch

The Defence Minister

P. Munch