De frie Danske (Danish: The Free Danes) was a Danish resistance newspaper published in Copenhagen about monthly from December 1941 to 24 May 1945.[1][2] It was the first Danish non-communist resistance newspaper and the first to bring photographs. It was also one of the largest, with final issues reaching a circulation of 20,000.[3] Especially notable was the June 1944 Invasion Issue titled 'The Free Danes Welcome our Allied Friends' with a four colored front-page photo of one United States and one British rifleman each in front of their national flags.[4][5]

De frie Danske
TypeMonthly newspaper
FoundedDecember 1941
Political alignmentNon-communist
Ceased publication24 May 1945

Resistance activist Edith Bonnesen contributed to the publication of the paper.[6]


De frie Danske appears in Lois Lowry's historical novel Number the Stars.[7][8]


  1. ^ "Illegal Presse" [Illegal Press]. Historisk Samling fra Besættelsestiden 1940-45 (in Danish). Retrieved 18 November 2014.
  2. ^ Jens Nyholm (1947). "Danish underground publications". Scandinavian Studies. 19 (7): 262. JSTOR 40915662.
  3. ^ "Tema: Illegale blade" [Theme: Illegal Papers]. Historisk Samling fra Besættelsestiden 1940-45 (in Danish). Retrieved 18 November 2014.
  4. ^ "De Frie Danske Byder Vore Allierede Venner Velkommen" [The Free Danes Welcome Our Allied Friends]. De frie Danske (in Danish). 11 June 1944. Retrieved 18 November 2014.
  5. ^ "Illegal Press". Resistance. Archived from the original on 2 January 2015. Retrieved 8 May 2015.
  6. ^ "Edith Bonnesen, modstandskvinde |". Dansk Kvindebiografisk Leksikon (in Danish). 22 April 2023. Retrieved 11 March 2024.
  7. ^ "Number the Stars". Shmoop. Retrieved 8 May 2015.
  8. ^ Lowry, L. (2000). Number The Stars. Collins: London. pp. 7 - 8
  • "Illegal Presse" [Illegal Press] (in Danish). Historisk Samling fra Besættelsestiden 1940-45. Retrieved 18 November 2014.