The Swedish Houses

Kofoed

Roenne, Denmark

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On this island, the Second World War only ended in 1946. The Germans had occupied the island together with the rest of the country, but they refused to surrender to the Russians, who were here first. Therefore the Russians had to use tougher methods, bombing the two main towns amongst other things, while the rest of Western Europe were celebrating.

When the Germans finally gave up, many houses in these towns were completely ruined.

The Swedes gave 275 wooden houses to us to lessen the shortage. They were prefabricated and sent to the island along with craftsmen to erect them in 1946 – 1949. There are two types, a villa type with rooms on the first floor, and a bungalow type without the first floor. They were considered to be only temporarily, but the Swedish wood was, and still is, of such a fine quality, that they still stand and today they are quite attractive and well preserved in bright, original colours. They are of course called “The Swedish Houses”.

I owe my life to these houses. My father, a newly educated painter and decorator from Sealand (another part of the country), couldn’t find work there, but was told, that there was plenty of work here. So he, and many other craftsmen, went to Bornholm, and he spent the next three years painting and decorating the Swedish Houses. Here he met my mother, and he lived the rest of his life here. The rest, as they say, is history.

Furthermore, we live in one of these houses now, a bungalow type, and this picture was taken out of my kitchen window across the street.

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