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Help us Create Biographical Stories of forced labourers in Norway

12/04/2021

The database of forced labourers in Norway is intended as a living database which, in addition to the basic data and the employee registration card in Norway, also contains other information. We would like to gradually publish here short biographical stories of the forcibly deployed workers, as well as period photographs and materials from the period of their deployment in Norway and from their life after the war.

If you want your father, grandfather, great-grandfather or uncle to have his story in the database, contact us. We usually ask the family for basic biographical, professional and family information. Based on this information and our data, we will process the text of the biography, which we will enrich - if available - with photographs and other documents from Norway.

You can be inspired, for example, by the following published personal stories (as of April 2, 2021):

Antonín Holub (* 1919 - † 2010) was born into a Catholic family with five children in Luka nad Jihlavou. In 1935 he entered the apprenticeship of a painting company, where he worked until 1942. He was temporarily unemployed, and for this reason on November 3, 1942 he received a summons from the labor office in Jihlava to retrain for the Third Reich. In three days he was on a train to Berlin, where he was assigned to work for Organisation Todt in Norway, Trondheim, the German painting firm Hans Hemmer.


Josef Lébl (* 1922 - † 1991) was born as the fourth of six children to a peasant family in the village of Řitka (Prague-West District). In 1939 he trained as a business guide and worked in a shop near Čumrdy in Černošice. On November 2, 1942, he was called, like many of his peers, to work in the Third Reich. One week later, he found out in Berlin that he had been assigned to the German company Georg Wendel to work in Trondheim, Norway. He arrived there a month later and worked as an auxiliary worker, later as a welder and air ventilation fitter. The company, which employed four German masters and twenty Czech workers, sent him on short-term bunker construction work around Trondheim, but also to Hemne, Kristiansund and Ålesund. He worked in Norway for almost two years before being deported from Norway to Berlin at the end of October 1944 together with other Czechoslovaks. He returned home, hid temporarily, and found a job as a forest worker. He apparently found himself at the interrogation in Prague at Pankrác for a statement.


Václav Bayer (* 1922 - † 1987) was born in Bernartice nad Odrou near Nový Jičín. He trained as a painter. His birthplace was annexed to the Third Reich after the Munich Agreement. In April 1942 he went to work in Norway. He was assigned to the company Adolf Betzel operating around Narvik. In September 1944, he crossed the border into Sweden, where he joined the Czechoslovak. authorities. On May 8, 1945, he flew to Britain and later joined the foreign army. He returned to his homeland at the end of September 1945. He was released from military service in January 1946. He then worked in Vagónka Studénka and worked as a successful volleyball coach. In 1977, he was paralyzed by a stroke. He died in 1987. His descendants now live in Studénka.

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