The Little Mermaid statue in Greenwich Connecticut sits atop the grave of famous danish-american pianist/actor/composer/comedian Victor Borge, in memory of Borge’s homeland. ( map )

Borge Mermaid

The Little Mermaid at the grave of Victor Borge. Photo by René Frederiksen.

Borge’s grave is at the Putnam Cemetery in Greenwich, and is a copy of the famous danish mermaid statue.

Borge arrived in America in 1940, after escaping from Europe when the nazis occupied Denmark. Borge had been performing often in Europe, making anti-nazi jokes, and luckily was performing in Sweden on the day the nazis occupied Denmark.

The grave in Greenwich has half of Borge’s ashes. The other half is buried in Copenhagen, by the grave of his parents.

This is one of the many copies of Edvard Eriksen’s original mermaid statue placed in Copenhagen harbor in 1913.

These are the copies of this statue that I am aware of:

References:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Little_Mermaid_(statue)
The Little Mermaid (Copenhagen, Denmark)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Victor_Borge
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