Press material Stay Behind
Stay Behind - My Grandfather's Secret War
One trace after the other indicates that Ida’s 94-year old beloved Grandfather, a respected dentist from the province and a freedom fighter under the occupation of Denmark, worked directly under the CIA during the Cold War in Denmark. It´s not someth ing he´s willing to admit to, though. This is a family affair with global wings, high stakes and big surprises told as a personal story.
Why did Otto sleep with a loaded gun right next his bed until he dropped it in the sea in 1982? How come he and his soulmate Dagmar took off to the USA in 1952, leaving their new flourishing dentist business behind to spend a year that they´ve forgotten all details about? And why is the traumatized Polish hitman, Jan, who admits to have served secretly under the CIA on Danish ground insisting that he has known and worked with Otto during the Cold War? These questions, along with the findings of a secret archive in a basement downtown Copenhagen, are what Ida sets out to learn more about.
Through the local family story an international story unfolds, as this is just one family in a huge secret so called Stay Behind network covering Western Europe during the Cold War. A network that collaborated with CIA and MI6. We look back to understand today and look forward. Therefore this story is topical even when digging in the past.