The latest news that the Norwegian house had sold at Gornji Milanovac stabilized the public. Fortunately, it was false, so the installation built in 1987 will continue to witness the friendship of ours and the Norwegians. And this friendship was established in the Second World War, during the interrogation of the territory of the former Yugoslavia in camps throughout Norway. The memories of more than 4,000 of our defendants in this country today are preserved by about fifteen monuments, including a monument in Oslo, discovered in 1976 in the presence of the then king of Norway, Olaf Pet, according to historian Dejan Ristic.
As for the Norwegian house, which symbolizes the traditional Serb log cabin and the Viking ship integrated into a single set, it was built from a Norwegian tree cut according to the specification and sent from northern Europe to Sumadija. When it opened three decades ago, it received a prestigious award for the best architectural achievement. In her, since its inauguration, there has been a museum dedicated to our citizens who were killed in the camps in Norway, the congress hall and the catering facilities. The house was built with donations from the Yugoslavian-Norwegian friendship association, the municipality of Gornji Milanovac, the Norwegian government and the embassy, as well as the construction company "Graditelj" by Gornji Milanovac. The director of this company, who was also the contractor, was Zivorad Bata Knezevic, one of the survivors of internment in the camps in Norway. According to Dejan Ristic, there were a total of 4,268 in the Yugoslav area, of which more than 90% were Serbs.
"Only a little more than 1,700 Yugoslav inmates were waiting for the launch of the end of the war," explains Ristic for "Politics."
Ristic says that with the occupation of Norway and the establishment of the Kvisling regime in the country, concentration camps were formed, modeled on those of Germany. As of April 24, 1942, at the beginning of April, 1943, there will be internal from our region, including the children of thirteen. The detainees were subjected to violence, abuse, forced labor and settlement in the fields. One of the specific areas was the forest near the Falstad camp, where about 220 detainees were killed and 61 of the victims of the territory of Yugoslavia have been identified so far, according to Ristić.
The worst camp was in the city of Beisfjord near Narvik, although it only existed for four months and only for Yugoslav interns. In 1955, the film "Bloody Road" in the Yugoslav-Norwegian co-production, directed by Kore Bergstrom and Rados Novakovic, was also recorded in the forced work of our Internet users in Norway. It is dedicated to Korgen camp interrogators, created in 1942 with around 400 inmates who worked on the construction of the Korgen-Ozen road, best known as the "bloody highway," Ristic explains.
So far, he says, a total of 1,373 people from Yugoslavia were identified who were killed in the camps in Norway between 1942 and 1945, of which 1,282 were of Serbian origin.