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How was their everyday life?

The forcibly displaced labourers had a regular daily regime.  Most of them lived in wooden barracks close to the work place. They worked twelve hours a day and had one Sunday off every month. In the towns they could visit the cinema, in the countryside they could go fishing and get in contact with the local population. They also set out hiking together.  Several of the Czech workers found there wives in Norway, whom they took back to Czechoslovakia after the war.

However, most of the free-time the forced workers spent together. Friends, letter-writing with the family, occasional celebrations, hate to the Germans and friendship with the Norwegians, all this kept the men together and helped them survive the long distance to their homes.

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