Max Johannes Arildskov

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Max Johannes Arildskov
Born February 17, 1896
Died 1986
Allegiance Nazi Germany
Years of service 1941 - 1945

Max Johannes Arildskov (February 17, 1896 – 1986) was a Danish National Socialist political activist and collaborator prior to and during World War II.

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In 1932 he met Frits Clausen and joined his political grouping National Socialist Workers' Party of Denmark (DNSAP). He quickly advanced through the ranks, first as district leader, later member of the party staff and eventually became a candidate for the parliamentary elections in 1943. When DNSAP lost the election he blamed Fritz Clausen for his failures. On May 5, he started his own party, New Denmark (Danish: Nye Danmark), and on June 4, he was excluded from DNSAP.

In October 1943, he co-founded the Schalburg Corps in collaboration with the Danish People's Defence. Later he contributed to the creation of the Landstormen, a paramilitary militia, who reached the size of about 200 people. January 9, 1944, he became commander of this militia.

In July 1944, he dismantled the Schalburg Corps together with the corps administrator Jens Peter Krandrup.

After the war he was arrested, and after a trial was sentenced to eight years in prison. However he was pardoned on May 9, 1948. He died in 1986.

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