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A norwegian civillians greets a russian prisoners of war 8. mai 1945
  















During world war two, a total of 100 000
were in captivity in Norway. Of these, about 84 000 were
Russian taken in captivity at the eastern front.
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The treatment of the Russian prisoners
of war


RUSSIAN PRISONERS OF WAR
About 13 000 were dead at the end of the war. From Yugoslavia, about 4 200 prisoners were Serbs. If possible, the nazi-system treated the Serbs even worse than the Russians.

The prisoners suffered horrible conditions forced to build and construct roads and railways in North-Norway. The living conditions of the prisoners could vary from barracks to pure extinction camps where the prisoners practically lived in earth caves.


It made a difference whether the German army (the Wehrmacht) or the SS who ran the camps. The SS was responsible for the worst of these. One could mention "Blodveien" (the blood road) by Rognan, and the horror-camp "Beisfjord" outside Narvik.

The conditions grew so terrible at Beisfjord, even by German standards, that it was taken away from the SS, and its prisoners were shipped to another camp (Korgen). By then, about 180 survived out of some 950 Serbs.

Several Camps were placed around Lofoten. The treatment of the prisoners there was somewhat better, but all in all, it entirely depended on the attitude of the guards and officers.

A girl from Svolvær (Marith Robertsen) gave away her lunchbox to a prisoner. She was spotted by the guard, and had to spend 3 months in prison. Most of the prisoners in Lofoten managed, however, to save their lives, but far from all. In a camp outside Sund, 2 prisoners were executed after stealing a pistol. Compared to this, the camp in Steigen was much, much worse. At the end of the war, there were over 30 000 Russian prisoners of war situated in North-Norway.







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