About this page

This page is the result of a genuine interest in everything related to World War II, Third Reich, and to some extent, Communism. Already as a little kid in the mid-seventies, I sat with my father and older brother in the TV-room and watched the British series, World at War, with great interest. The series depicted various theater of war and it was these sites that later laid the foundation for an interest in how the sites have been preserved for posterity. Have they been preserved? If so, what is there to see? Since I started traveling in 1996 I have visited nearly 800 sites, predominantly in Europe, and still it is interesting and exciting to discover history.

My documentation is based on what the site looked like when I visited it, what I knew was there to be seen and had the opportunity to document. Many sites I return to if the opportunity is given because there is more to discover and document. Some sites are atmospheric and provide historical justice, others don’t. Many sites can and have changed over time, sometimes for the better, sometimes for the worse. How we experience history and how we approach history are subjective experiences without right or wrong. Political, Cultural, Social, Religious and Economic aspects decides how history is to be preserved and how it should be told. Ranking the visited sites is impossible, anticipation, mood and external factors determine the experience, regardless of the historical events that took place on the site. I am more historically inclined than photographic and the quality and quantity of the images can therefore sometimes leave something to be desired. The majority of the pictures has been taken by me, but some has been taken by others but published with their permission.

With a few exceptions I have planned the trips all by myself and most of the trips has been conducted without any kind of company. Although in recent years, traveling with family or like-minded friends has been more common. Most of the time I rent a car on site because this gives me a flexibility to visit rural destinations. The times I have hired a guide/driver has been for logistical and linguistic reasons. In these countries, the destination has been outside the cities and difficult to reach if you do not master the language or if the country in question is not covered by the Western European GPS network. Today, this only applies to Russia, but since February 2022 it is not possible like before to travel to Russia.

This webpage is originally written in Swedish, but with the new upgraded version launched in 2024 it also includes an English version. To translate the Swedish text into English I used a translation program and only hastily read it through afterward. However, I have noticed that the current English translation needs further proofreading. My ambition is to read it through more thoroughly and make the translation better than the current one. This will definetely take some time as I do it country by country in no specific order and therefore its impossible to say how far I´ve come when this is read. But I have decided to publish the English version as a whole while proofreding it.

Thank you.

Tomas Karlsson, Sweden