My personal and professional adventure into Science

Dear grandfather – today you would have become a Centenarian

A Centenarian is a person who lives to or beyond the age of 100 years – Wikipedia

For the last 10 years, you always told us that you would never turn a 100 years and we didn’t believe you, because you kept strong all the time, except for the last 6-8 months. Unfortunately you were right, and on the 29th January 2015 you took your last breath, 2 months and two days before your 100 years birthday. Now you are laying peacefully next to Grandmother.

Approximately 15 years ago we asked you to write down your memoirs and reading them is simply amazing. What a life you have had !! I wanna share a bit of that with you all.

At the age of 23 you were already a trusted employee in the company you were working in and your Jewish boss sent you to Germany to finish some deals that he for good reasons couldn’t do himself. Hitler was already on his way forward at that time, but you refused to “Heil Hitler” when you entered cafe’s or bars, which people around you found weird, because they were afraid of Hitler, but you didn’t care. During many of your trips to Germany you among others introduced the danish bread industry for the concept of Whole Grain bread, previously not known in Denmark. At that time you were not satisfied with just being an employee and your entrepreneur genes took over and gave you quite some adventures, we can read that in your memoirs and I don’t even think that the list is complete.

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During the war it was very difficult to get all products so people had to live with replacements, and you sold a lot of those. For your company it was not difficult to make your own recipe for Rum and Almond essence, you even made tobacco replacement, found out that lead could be extracted from old toothpaste holders, silver could get extracted from old camera and movie rolls (we have a big lump of silver from that production) and you even created essential oils for perfume production. You and co-workers had a toy shop – which was later sold to the big danish toy chain, BR. At some point during the war, the resistance group Holger Danske contacted you. Their leader Egil Barfod asked you to keep some money for them. It started with 30.000 DKK (That was a lot during in that period), and later it turned out to be larger and larger amounts. Fortunately you were never caught. Today we have a gratitude plate from the Copenhagen Management for your deeds during the war.

In the early days of Insulin production you helped Novo Nordisk to grind pancreases for the extraction of Insulin. You got the pancreases from Pigs in big frozen blocks, grinded them using colloid mills and in the end sold your custom designed hole discs to Novo when you had to move on. You put together your own Vitamins for pigs, named Biotom, produced chewing gum gold coins,  sold Vanilla mixture for ice cream factories, sold Beech sawdust you bought from Junckers wood factory to soap producers and at some point you and dad also dealt with mustard milling. You and your companion extracted the aluminum from old pots and pans using HCL, mixed it to get the right solution of aluminium chloride and water and sold it to barbers and haircutters to stop the bleeding. The product was called “Det standser blodet, DSB” (It stops the blood) and it is still sold today. In the early days of Cola Cola’s entry to Denmark, you were also producing and selling cola extract for the danish breweries, and the name of the soda was O’Cola, amazing…

You had an amazing life, and I am so happy to have been a part of it.

Where ever I have been travelling, I have always given you a short call to tell you where I were and what I was doing. I know you enjoyed receiving these calls, and it didn’t matter if I was in Australia, USA, China, Brazil, Latvia, Austria etc. I did it to show you that I was thinking of you no matter where I was. Now I can’t call you anymore, but it doesn’t mean that we will stop thinking of you. You will always be in our hearts, and we will always love you. May you rest in Peace, Farfar.

 

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Comments

  1. aurelien says:

    moving Bent, really it is

  2. Thanks Aurelien 🙂

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