Bergen Gestapo HQ

At Veiten 3 in central Bergen, the Gestapo (SIPO) had its regional headquarters comprising the counties of Hordaland, Sogn and Fjordande. The building was newly built and the only thing that the Germans needed to do was to build four prison cells on the fourth floor. There were Norwegian citizens suspected of belonging to resistance groups to be interrogated, not infrequently during so-called intensified interrogations that included torture and ill-treatment to force information or confessions. In the vernacular, the headquarters went under the name Gestapohuset. At least six people died in prison as a result of heightened interrogations. The Ulven and Espeland camps were under the Gestapo of the Mountains. The head of the Bergen Gestapo was Gerhard Friedrich Flesch, Hans Wilhelm Blomberg and Ernst Weimann. The first two were sentenced to death and executed after the war while Weimann was released in 1953.

Current status: Preserved with musuem (2019).

Address: Veiten 3, 5012 Bergen.

Get there: Walk from central Bergen.

My comment:

The four prison cells were used as storage after the war and only about 70 years later it was decided to set up a museum on the fourth floor. It is intended that this will be opened in 2020, but for those interested it is possible to visit the prison cells if you contact the museum association.

Wrongly, these headquarters are usually called the headquarters of the Gestapo, although in reality it was the headquarters of the security police (SIPO) and the security services (SD), where the Gestapo was a subordinate department. The reason for the frequent reference to the Gestapo headquarters is partly because it was they who had contact with the prisoners and conducted both interrogations and torture to force information and confessions. But just as important is that the Gestapo is a name that is heavily loaded with value and has a strong association with the crimes of Nazism. The names of the security police and the security services are not as well-charged and do not have the same association with Nazism. Most countries still have police authorities called the security police and security services without us necessarily associating them with Nazism.

Follow up in books: Höhne, Heinz: The Order of the Death’s Head: The story of Hitler’s SS (1969).