In the 1950s, Denmark conducted a social experiment and abducted 22 Greenlandic Inuit children, assimilating them into Danish culture. More than half died before reaching adulthood.

Eksperimentet

Eksperimentet (English: The Experiment) is a 2010 Danish drama film written and directed by Louise Friedberg, and starring Ellen Hillingsø. The film premiered on 28 August 2010 in the Katuaq Culture Centre in Nuuk, the capital of Greenland. The release date of the film in Denmark was 9 September 2010.

Background

The film deals with a 1950s social experiment and the problem of cultural genocide in Greenland. In 1951 the Danish colonial authorities, with dubious consent from their parents or guardians, removed 22 Greenlandic Inuit children (9 girls and 13 boys) from their homes, relocating them to Denmark for adoption and education. The selected children, aged between 6 and 8, came from disadvantaged families; the government planned f… Continue Reading (3 minute read)

9 thoughts on “In the 1950s, Denmark conducted a social experiment and abducted 22 Greenlandic Inuit children, assimilating them into Danish culture. More than half died before reaching adulthood.”

  1. Greyh4m

    Intuit is financial software and services.

    Inuit is a group of culturally similar indigenous people occupying Arctic regions.

  2. Frptwenty

    Putting aside the issue of not obtaining proper parental consent (which makes it kidnapping, literally), the children were removed between the ages of 6 to 8? Just that is crazy. Of course thats going to cause massive problems.

    Add on top of that the racism which Im almost certain they would have experienced at least to some degree in mainland Denmark in the 50’s, and the result is hardly surprising.

  3. VansSize7

    Australia did the same thing, but we call it the “Stolen generation”

  4. Money_Advertising

    In Canada, for decades and decades, gov’t programs were administered whereby indigenous children down to a very young age were forcibly removed from their family home and transported to far away residential schools operated by the Catholic Church and Canadian gov’t that sought to erase their language and culture from their lives – with very tragic results and trauma that followed them for the rest of their lives.

  5. Blindrafterman

    Yeah, Canada did that too. Horrible results. Dead children, substance abuse, destruction of indigenous families, yeah it never works. Canada did it until’96

  6. SwedishNeatBalls

    “Chill, it’s just a social experiment” – Denmark to now childless parents.

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