The Danish Girl 2015



When Gerda Wegener asks her husband Einar to fill in as a portrait model, Einar discovers the person she’s meant to be and begins living her life as Lili Elbe. Having realized her true self and with Gerda’s love and support, Lili embarks on a groundbreaking journey as a transgender pioneer.

Dresden am Ufer. Dresden in Sachsen, Eastern Germany, became a city in 1206 and celebrated its 800th birthday in 2006. It was home to many Saxon kings, the most famous being August der Starke, whose kingdom included Poland. They appertained to the family of the Wettiner and were closely related to many other European royal families. Many buildings date from their reign and the rich art collections are testimony of their extreme wealth. The last Saxon king abdicated in 1918. 75% of the historical center was destroyed by Allied bombing in 1945. These events have left deep scars on the city and are still remembered annually with processions and ceremonies. More than 30,000 people died in the bombing - the exact number is unknown. For many years the ruins and now the newly rebuilt Frauenkirche acted as a call for peace among the nations of the world. The historical center is now largely restored to its former glory, though some parts are still under reconstruction.

Lübeck in Schleswig-Holstein, Northern Germany, is home to one of the main ports of Germany. On the river Trave, it was the leading city of the Hanseatic League. Due to its extensive Gothic architecture it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In 2015, it had a population of 218,523. The old part of town (Altstadt) lies on an island enclosed by the river. The Elbe-Lübeck Canal connects the Trave with the Elbe River. The Autobahn 1 connects Lübeck with Hamburg and Denmark. Travemünde is a sea resort and ferry port on the Baltic Sea coast nearby.


On the 2nd of November, 1972, Ladislav Hojer decided to take a stroll by the serene river Elbe in Děčín, the Czech Republic. He had wished “to learn about the beauty of the earth and look for some women”. After unsuccessfully stalking a twenty two year old woman who wizened to him and quickly went inside her home, Hojer came across twenty nine year old Eva R

Eva was walking by the river’s edge when Hojer struck her in the head and dragged her unconscious body into the scrub. He attempted intercourse with her but she resisted which prompted Hojer to strangle her to death after which he attempted intercourse with her a second time but failed again due to the fact he was unable to form an erection. Hojer instead masturbated over her corpse and stuffed her vagina with stinging nettles. 

Hojer would murder and mutilate another five women before his arrest in 1981.