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Gunnar Dyrberg (12 November 1921 Faaborg – 8 January 2012) was a member of the Danish resistance movement during World War II. Dyrberg headed the Holger Danske, a Danish resistance group, from 1943 to 1945 using the code name, "Herman," to disguise his identity during the German occupation of Denmark.[1][2]

As head of the Holger Danske, Dyrberg had a very close working relationship with two of the more famous members of Danish resistance group, Bent Faurschou-Hviid ("Flame") and Jørgen Haagen Schmith (code named "Citron").[1][2] The 2008 Danish film, Flame & Citron, starring Thure Lindhardt and Mads Mikkelsen, was based on the Holger Danske members.[1] Dyrberg admitted after the war that he was behind the killing of several German informants and soldiers, though the number has never been publicly revealed.[1][2]

Dyrberg became a businessman after the war.[1] He then became a writer, recalling his accounts of his time in the Danish resistance movement in several books, novels, and memoirs.[1] From 1971 until 2012, Dyrberg owned an operated the Lillesøgård in Høsterkøb, North Zealand.[1]

Gunnar Dyrberg died at his home in Hørsholm following a long illness on 8 January 2012, at the age of 90.[1][2]


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