Tromso Gestapo HQ


At Bankgata 13 in Tromso, in July 1940, the German Security Police (SIPO), the Secret Service (SD) and the Secret State Police (Gestapo) set up their headquarters. In the basement of the building, prison cells were set up for prisoners who had or were suspected of having direct or indirect contact with the enemy. The prisoners were interrogated by the Gestapo and torture was not uncommon. The most famous incident was when the Norwegian resistance member Karl Rasmussen from Alta committed suicide in June 1944. Rasmussen, together with other resistance members/informers, had overseen the German battleship Tirpitz when she was at anchor in Kåfjord. Afraid of breaking down under torture and exposing other people, Rasmussen chose to kill himself by jumping out of the window on the top floor.

Current status: Preserved with memorial tablet (2015).

Address: Bankgata 13, 9008 Tromsoe.

Get there: Walk from central Tromsoe.

My comment:

In 2015, the building was owned by a bank.

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