Bodo – Skeiddalen

In the summer of 1941 Polish prisoners of war arrived in Bodo to begin construction of what would become Skeiddalen labor camp. In just a few weeks, twelve primitive barracks of plywood with rammed soil without water and sewage had been established. In 1942, about 400 Soviet prisoners of war arrived at the camp to be used as slave workers for various construction projects in and around Bodo, including defense facilities and the airport in Bodo. Conditions in the camp were inadequate, leading to both starvation and disease. The lack of medical help and medicines contributed to the death rate among prisoners. The slave labour itself was also hard and not infrequently in difficult and harsh weather conditions. Add to that the arbitrary expression of the guards to use violence against the prisoners during the work. There were also abuses, torture and executions. Dead prisoners were buried in mass graves or just outside the camp. In April 1945, there were 219 Soviet prisoners in the camp, plus a larger number of dead prisoners scattered throughout the camp. In addition to Skeiddalen, there were three more camps in Bodo, Langstranda and Ronvik for Soviet prisoners of war and Tjonndalen for Norwegian political prisoners. There was also a small prisoner of war camp at Bremnes Fort.

Current status: Demolished with information board (2023).

Location: 67°16' 19.98" N 14°25' 58.11" E

Get there: Car.

My comment:

When the surviving prisoners had been moved, the camp was burned to the ground in the summer of 1945 and today (2023) there are houses and villas in larger parts of the former camp area. On the parts where houses were not built, you can see tiny traces of the camp fence, the infirmary barrack and a few other barracks. However, they are very difficult to detect in the summer because there is dense vegetation growing on the site that well hides what is to be seen. The information board provides a good picture of the camp. Next to the information board is a concrete slab a little above the same board find an entrance to the mountain. However, I am not sure if these are remnants of the camp.

Follow up in books: Moore, Bob, Fedorowich, Kent: Prisoners of War and Their Captors in World War II (1996).