A list detailing of members of the Danish Nazi party, DNSAP, during the Second World War, has been downloaded thousands of times since its online release. The Danish Genealogy Association (Danske Slægtsforskere) earlier this year chose to make available for download a list known as the Bovrup Index, which gives the names of Danish Nazis from before and during the Second World War. Since November 1st, part of the Bovrup Index has been downloadable from the association’s website. The published online version includes 5,265 of the 22,795 names on the complete list, taking in all those born more than 110 years ago.
Per Andersen, who tuns the association’s library and is also its deputy chairperson, said there had been unprecedented interest since the index was posted online. ”There has been very high interest in downloading it,” Andersen told Ritzau. ”Normally there might 100 or so downloads of the things we post online, but the Bovrup list has been downloaded over 11,000 times,” he said. The index has long been surrounded by curiosity in Denmark. Originating from the DNSAP’s own records, it was transcribed by the Danish resistance movement in May 1945, shortly before Germany’s wartime occupation of the Scandinavian country came to an end. Resistance operatives found the list at the home of DNSAP leader Frits Clausen in the South Jutland town of Bovrup, for which the index was later named. The list was initially committed to print, but a 1946 District Court ruling decreed that the names of Danish Nazi party members be encompassed by archival laws, meaning only researchers and others given approval were able to view the names in the National Archives (Rigsarkivet).
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