Norways dark past
Updated: Aug 23, 2020
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Norway is a Beautiful Place, especially Northern Norway, but this country has a dark past. This week I decided to visit Korgen Mountain, a mountain about an hour South of Mo i Rana. Follow E6 from Mo i Rana (the main road) to Korgen. Then, instead of driving through the tunnel you take left, right and then right again. Now you are on the old road over Korgen mountain.
This will take you over Korgen Mountain on "The Blood Road" Jugoslavian prisoners built this road.
During a few months 1942-1943, two prison camps were built. One on each side of the mountain.
One camp was at Osen by Luktvatnet on the south side and one in Fagerlimoen by Korgen on the north side of Korgen mountain.
Hitlers goal was to build a road through Norway so that he did not have to go by sea for his planned invasion of Russia.
1123 prisoners worked on the road over Korgen mountain, 627 of them died.
Some were beaten to death others were shot or died of sickness or from the elements. A few locals managed to smuggle in food and clothes to the prison camps or many more prisoners would have died. The men that died were buried by the camps.
In 1944 the road was finished and the prison camps were closed. 309 prisoners survived and were transfered to a new prison camp by Pothus in Rognan.
The Germans refused to make the identeties of the men that died known.
Without an identety they were denied a burial by the church in Korgen.
1953 the bodies of 205 unidentified Jugoslavian men were moved to the Jugoslavian war cementary in Botn in Saltdal.
There is also the Blood road museum in Rognan in Saltdal. (https://nordlandsmuseet.no/en/our-museums/?Article=151)