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War cemetery in Tjøtta reopened


The international war cemetery in Tjøtta in Nordland was reopened on Thursday by State Secretary Bård Folke Fredriksen.

The last seven years 10 million has been spent to make and upgrade the graveyard and find the names of 4,000 of those who are buried there, wrote the Ministry of Culture in a statement.

– It’s every new generation’s task to take on the memories of war victims.
The war cemetery in Tjøtta is now geared up so the dead can rest in peace. Tjøtta international war cemetery is a worthy memorial and a constant reminder to all of us, says Fredriksen.

During World War II, about 100,000 Soviet prisoners of war were sent to Norway. They were put into forced labor to build railways, roads and fortifications, especially in northern Norway.

In 1951, 8,000 of them died during their stay in Norway, and were moved to Tjøtta.

In 2009 Falstadsenteret in Norway commissioned a search for the names of the unknown dead.

The project resulted in 4,000 new names being listed in the searchable database The war cemetery is marked with bronze plates with the names.


Source: NTB scanpix / Norway Today

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