As a part of the Treaty of Versailles, and following the results of the two Schleswig plebiscites held in 1920, the northern part of Schleswig (Zone 1) was returned to Denmark while the central part (Zone 2) remained a part of Germany.
The map below shows the percentage of people who voted either way (blue shaded areas for Denmark, pink one for Germany).
Atrib: By Bennet Schulte (Own work) [CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Although Zone 1 overall voted heavily in favour of Denmark, there were areas which favoured remaining in Germany by as much as 80% but they were still handed over to Denmark. Further, Wikipedia says that
The Danish/German border was the only one of the borders imposed on Germany by the Treaty of Versailles after World War I which was never challenged by Adolf Hitler.
Given that Hitler disputed all the other borders imposed by the Treaty of Versailles, why didn’t he contest this one? Denmark was a much smaller ‘target’ than either Poland or Czechoslovakia and thus potentially easier to bully.
Did Hitler think it wasn’t important enough, or did he perhaps think that Britain (especially) would object more strongly than it did over other claims which were geographically more distant from Britain?
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