En digter kommer til verden
I den dengang fattigste del af Odense. Bag vinduerne i det nu ikoniske gulkalkede hjørnehus. Her blev H.C. Andersen født på en tirsdag, den 2. april 1805, kl. 01 om natten. Som søn af en fattig vaskekone og en endnu ikke udlært skomager var der dengang intet, der tydede på, at H.C. Andersen skulle forvandle sin fattige arv til at blive verdens største eventyrforfatter.
Today, the yellow house on the corner looks idyllic. Things were different back in Andersen’s day. Back then, the house accommodated up to five families. It was here, among Odense’s poorest, that Hans Christian Andersen’s mother and father sought shelter. As they did not have a place of their own, they were forced to lodge with a family. Child mortality was high, so the priest christened Hans Christian Andersen at home on the day he was born.
”H.C. Andersen is a precious treasure for Denmark”.
Bertel Haarder, mf
– to world cultural heritage
H.C. Andersen’s Birthplace was purchased in 1905 and opened to the public three years later. Since then, the small, 72 sqm corner house has been visited by millions of people wishing to see where the fairy tale writer was born.
The surroundings might have changed, but you can still get a feel for how squashed it would have been back then when you stand in one of the small living rooms which, together with a shared kitchen, constituted an entire apartment.