50 000 people forcibly evacuated and relocated to
other parts of the country - among other places, Lofoten.
23 000 remained.
Many of them suffered a lot of pain due to the primitive
conditions they had to endure - little food wet and
10563 homes were burned down -
farm buildings - churches -
141 houses of worship and village halls -
19 medical establishments -
417 shops and stores -
61 public administration buildings -
106 schools -
229 trade and industrial buildings and
it ought to be mentioned that not all of the German
soldiers obeyed orders. One village ("Bugøynes")
was saved because the German officer in charge refused
to burn down the buildings.
A brave action - because had he been reported by his
soldiers he would have doubtlessly been shot. After
the war, he returned to the area as a tourist, and
was very well received by the local people.