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First, what is a ‘Værnemager’

From Wikipedia, so take it with a grain of salt.

Værnemager is a term for a person or company who, during the Occupation (1940-1945), made money on the “Værnemagten” (Wehrmacht, in Danish – German military) or otherwise acted in the German interest.

The word “Værnemager” has since been used as a scolding of companies that, in other contexts, make money from wars or occupations.

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The word “Værnemager” was coined by businessman and resistance man Erling Foss, co-founder of the Freedom Council (Frihedsrådet). In the spring of 1943, Foss had a (replacement) coffee meeting with his contact with the Ministry of Interior, Gunnar Seidenfaden, at the Grand Cafe in Copenhagen. They had tried to find a word that like “goulash baron” during World War I could denote those who made money from the Germans…

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