Top: History: World War II (24)
About 100,000 Russian, Ukrainian and Belorussian prisoners-of-war were kept by Nazi on the Norwegian soil during the war. Some 14,000 died here.
The Soviet Army liberated a part of Northern Norway (Finnmark province) by October 24, 1944, having lost some 20,000 in the operation.
Special thanks to Michael Stokke (firstname.lastname@example.org) for suggested links.
- Complete list of Soviet citizens repatriated from Norway in 1945 published by the Norwegian Royal Archive.
- The list includes ca. 78,500 people remaining after removal of duplicate entries. The original number of repatriates was 84,351 (according to British sources) or 84,775 (according to Soviet sources).
There is also age and nationality statistics (scroll down).
- List of Soviet POWs who died in Norway - a project under development.
- Soviet prisoners of war in Hordaland and Sogn og Fjordane - Michael Stokke's page. Prisoner's memoirs.
- Soviet POWs in Florø - memoirs by a Norwegian.
- Falstadsenteret - a museum and memorial near Levanger, made at the site of a large prison camp.
- Blodveimuseet - a museum in Saltdal about Serbian and Russian POWs who were building the road through Northern Norway.
- Monuments to Russian soldiers and prisoners of war in Trøndelag
- Memory lives (PDF, 1.1MB) - article by A. Perminow about monuments to Soviet POWs in Norway and in Nordland fylke, both in Norwegian and in Russian (RB no.6, 2004).
- Steamship Palatia that was sank by a British plane in October 1942, with about 970 Russian POWs on board.
- Transport Rigel that was sank by British planes in November 1944, with POWs on board (from alternative source: "with 2248 Soviet POWs on board, out of whose only 415 survived").
- Grenselandmuseet in Kirkenes - its main exhibit tells about World War II.
- Conference on Russian prisoners of war in Norway (Narvik, May 30 - June 1, 2002) - list of speakers shows who is working on this subject in Norway.
- Nikolai Dvortsov wrote a novel "More b'etsa o skaly" ("Waves dash againgst the rocks"; 1961) about his being in Laksevåg (Bergen) as a POW together with many other Russians.
- Biographic reference on N. Dvortsov: 1, 2.
- Articles from World War II on the European North site:
- Stalin's secret wars in Norway - paper about the Norwegian Communist Party (NKP) during World War II.
- Ten years in Stalin's prison - the story of a Norwegian that joined Waffen SS and was captured in a battle.
- Battles on the Viking land - a brief letter of memoirs about liberation in October 1944.
- The Conquest of Denmark and Norway - a chapter from "The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich" by William L. Shirer (Russian translation).
- Occupation of Denmark and Norway by Germany in 1940 - article from Dust of Centuries site.
- Action of surface ships in Atlantic Ocean - a chapter from Potter, E. B. and Chester B. Nimitz. Great Sea War: The Story of Naval Action in World War II (Russian translation; scroll down to the conquest of Norway).
- The attacks on the Tirpitz - book by Gervis Frere-Cook (Russian translation).
Note that the webmaster of this page is neither a historian nor an archive worker. Please address your questions to the people who are working with the POW history and maintain the sites listed above.