Krokebaersletta


In 1941, a prison camp was established in Tromsoe called Sydspissen in southern Tromsoya. But this camp turned out to be too small and was replaced in October 1942 by a larger camp on the mainland, Tromsdalen, in a place called Krokebaersletta. In the same month, another prison camp was established in northern Tromsoya for Soviet prisoners of war, and this was called Isrenna. Both camps existed until the end of the war in May 1945. Krokebaersletta came to serve primarily as a transit camp for prisoners who sat further north and who would proceed to Falstad, Grini or camps in Germany. About 2,500 prisoners went through the Krokebaersletta during its existence, on average about 250 prisoners were held at a time. Although it was a transit camp, prisoners were interrogated and tortured by the Gestapo and in October 1943, eight prisoners were executed. After the war, people suspected of having been associated with the Gestapo were imprisoned.

Current status: Demolished with monument (2015).

Location: 69°39'01.71" N 19°00'46.15" E

Get there: Car.

My comment:

Where the camp once was located is now Tronstum’s school. Of the Sydspissen and Isrenna, there is nothing left and there are no monuments. In a cemetery below the school there is a memorial dedicated to the eight prisoners who were murdered in October 1943.

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