Åneby


In the summer of 1940, the German security police were looking for a suitable place to set up a prison camp in the area around Oslo. The place that met the requirements was about two miles north of Oslo in Nittedal next to a small village called Åneby. Construction of the camp began in late summer 1940 and when the first 60 prisoners arrived in March 1941 it was almost completed. These were hostages taken by the Germans after the first British raid on Lofoten in march 1941 and their task was to complete the camp. The camp consisted of only six barracks and it never received any official status as a Polizeihäftlingslager. The camp existed only until June of that year when the prisoners were moved to the newly established Polizeihäftlingslager Grini in Baerum closer to Oslo and Åneby was taken over by the Wehrmacht for military purposes. A total of about 180 Norwegian prisoners were in the camp

Current status: Demolished with museum (2011).

Location: 60°06'02.51" N 10°51'56.80" E

Get there: Car.

My comment:

On March 4, 1941, British navy and commandos carried out a successful raid on German industries at Lofoten. On 27 December of the same year, a second raid or rather a diversion was carried out against Lofoten in order to mislead the Germans from the real attack on the Vaagso islands between Trondheim and Bergen.

Follow up in books: Kogon, Eugen: The Theory and Practice of Hell: The German Concentration Camps and the System Behind Them (2006).