Kristiansand SIPO

Between 1940 and January 1942, German SIPO (Security Police) and Gestapo had their headquarters at Ostra Strandgatan 5 in central Kristiansand. In January 1942, the Germans moved headquarters to Kristiansand’s state archive just outside the center.

Current status: Preserved (2017).

Address: Ă–stra Strandgatan 5, 4610 Kristiansand.

Get there: Walk from central Kristiansand.

My comment:

In 2017, a law firm was based on the premises, and there was no memorial tablet or any other information that the building had been the headquarters of Gestapo. An interesting detail is the windows that are on the ground floor. During the war, there were prison cells in the basement of the building and for those who peek a little closer through the windows can see that the grilles are still there. If the cells are still there is perhaps doubtful, it seemed more like the basement was being used as storage.

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