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Thu Apr 16, 2015, 05:10 AM

10. eridani


Norway as occupied by germany - so it is correct we had a KZ camp or two -even though Grini technically was a Polizeihäftlingslager Not Konsentrationlager - even though I suspect most inmates from 1940 until liberation in 1945 do not look at the difference to Mitch as Grini was a hard prison to be a inmate in.. But technically it was not government by SS, but by the german police, who had a different look on it - technically - but for all purpose of the camp - it was a rigid system, where you could be punished for nothing - and harsh...

The history of Grin is an interesting one - as it originally was build as a womans prison, and was finished right at the start of the War and the prison was then taken over by the german occupying forces - who kept it as a prison for the duration of the war - and also a political prison as most of what was seen as pluvial enemies was confined to that camp - more than 3000 was send to Germany and many should die there.... And Grini was synonyme with the world KZ camp in most of Norway even though compared to other german camps it was not as worse as believed - even if hard enough.... The german police was no humanists either...

But we did have some small camps - who might be recognized as real KHZ camps - Like Berg outside of Trondheim - and Falstad - a camp so horrible that even germans had to step in and make some order to it - as Falstad maybe was the worst camp in the whole of Norway.. And the worst is - Falstad was for the most part governments by Norwegians from the organization Hirden - whoes Party Nasional Samling was close allied with th germans - and who's leader, should end up executed after the war...

Today Grini is still on its job as a prison - even though most of the war-time bulding was teared down after the war - a few remaining buildings is still there - as a museum about the war and its inmates... Today the prison is named Ila fengsel og forvaringsanstalt - and have housed some of our worst offenders over the years..

And I live in the general area - in the nabouring county Asker - as Grini is located in Bærum County... But it is not a long way to drive - maybe 25-30 min to the museum. Compared to many other places, where musums after KZ Camps ca be rather intensive - it is not mutch to look at really - even though some of its guide can give you a good idea about how it was when the camp was active...


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