Egon Bodtker


A Danish Boyhood, Danish American Heritage Society, Denmark, childhood


This short book tells the reader what life was like for one young man in a small village in Denmark in the first two decades of this century. As the author writes in the Foreword: " it is a collection of reminiscences, a mosaic of people and places seen from a long distance, both geographically and chronologically." This sensitive sketch of a childhood and adolescence in the first two decades of the twentieth century will make all readers aware of the monumental changes in the world from then until now. While many of the individual behaviors can be related to what happens to most of us as children and adolescents, the social and institutional conditions in which they appear have altered drastically.