Okay, this might be a little out of the ordinary, but everyone has interests, besides the most obvious.
I don’t know if I’ve ever told a lot about my background, but I might have mentioned that I’m from Denmark originally, and though I’m now living in Israel and being Jewish, I’m still proud of my Danish background and our history (at least part of it). Why, you might ask. Well, at least for being part of a country, who never really jumped on the anti-Semitic idea, having the worst persecutions of Jews being narrowed to one incident of physical attacks on Jews (I’m here talking about a national outbreak, and even that might be too much). That happened in 1919, and the then king sent troops out to stop the attacks on his Jewish citizens.
More famous might be the story of Christian X, wearing a yellow star during the second world war. This is not quite true though, since the Jews never wore the star in Denmark, but one more creditable account tells of a conversation between him and one of the ministers, where they are discussing the demand for Jews to wear the star in Denmark, where he notes that then all of the Danes, himself included, will be wearing it.
As a Danish Jew, I also remember how Danes helped Jews out of Denmark, when the Nazis finally decided to kill Danish Jews as well, though it wasn’t too weird to see people “help” Jews out of their countries, and there certainly were Danes who had other motives, than pure hearts and worries. But the exodus from Denmark to Sweden isn’t the most amazing thing, the amazing thing is how they were welcomed back to Denmark after the war, being told and shown that they are as Danish as any Dane is it.
With these, and others – for Jews at least – amazing memories on Danish support and care, especially from the royal house, it can’t be a big surprise that Danish Jews in general probably are more royalist than most other Danes, and I too have a rather big affection for our royal house, so it was with joy and feeling proud that I could follow the 40 years of sitting as queen yesterday for our queen, Margrethe II. And though some anti-royalist voices are demanding that she be the last royal regent of Denmark, I hope for her many years more, and that the Danish royal house will be standing strong in the future.
I will take the chance at hand and also present you for another Scandinavian queen, though not royal, namely Eivør Pálsdóttir, a Faroese artist, who also holds Danish citizenship, since the Faeroe Islands also are under the Danish crown. She has if not the greatest, then at least one of the greatest voices in Denmark. And I believe that she, as most Faroese people, also holds high regards for the Danish royal house, at least I still have to meet the first Faroese anti-royalist, but that might still come. Eivør isn’t the only great Faroese performer, some others having to be mentioned is Teitur and Simon Kvamm from Nephew. Though some Danes forget it now and then, we do enjoy quite a lot of good things from the people of Faeroe Islands, especially those who take part in the general live of Denmark.
Eivør normally sings Scandinavian folksongs, or folksong-inspired songs, and she does that very well. Yesterday she performed for the queen, with the song “May it be” from the Lord of the Rings, and may I say that she did it amazingly. I will give you a chance to judge for yourself, both in her performance, and in a studio record of one of her songs, Dansadu Vindur, performed in Icelandic, just one of the languages she performs in, the others being Faroese, Norwegian and Danish, as well as English. Please enjoy:
Long live the Queen!