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Norway and World War II
Key events

Norwegian Campaign
Elverum Authorization
Midtskogen · Vinjesvingen
Occupation · Resistance
Camps · Holocaust · Telavåg
Martial law in Trondheim (1942)
Festung Norwegen
Heavy water sabotage
Post-war purge


Haakon VII of Norway
Johan Nygaardsvold
Carl Joachim Hambro
Carl Gustav Fleischer
Otto Ruge
Jens Christian Hauge

Vidkun Quisling · Jonas Lie
Sverre Riisnæs · Josef Terboven
Wilhelm Rediess · Nikolaus von Falkenhorst


Milorg · XU · Linge
Osvald Group · Nortraship

Nasjonal Samling

     Supported legitimate exiled
     Supported German occupants
 and Nasjonal Samling party.

Coordinates: 60°15′44″N 4°59′19″E / 60.262222°N 4.988611°E / 60.262222; 4.988611 Telavåg (sometimes spelled Tælavåg) is a small village in the municipality of Sund, located 39 km south west of Bergen, Norway, with a population of about 600.


Telavåg tragedy

The village was the scene of the Telavåg Tragedy in the spring of 1942, during World War II.

On April 26, 1942, after having discovered that some of the inhabitants of Telavåg were hiding two men from the Linge company, Arne Meldal Værum and Emil Gustav Hvaal, the Gestapo arrived to arrest the Norwegian officers. Shots were exchanged, and two prominent German Gestapo officers (Kriminalrat Gerhard Berns and Kriminalsekretär Henry Bertram) and Arne Værum were shot dead.

Reichskommisar Josef Terboven personally oversaw the reaction, which was quick and brutal. As the villagers were watching, all buildings were destroyed, all boats were sunk or confiscated, and all livestock taken away. All men in the village were either executed or sent to the concentration camp at Sachsenhausen. Of the 72 who were deported from Telavåg, 31 were murdered in captivity. Women and children were imprisoned for two years. 18 Norwegian prisoners (unrelated to Telavåg) held at the Trandum internment camp were also executed as a reprisal. Though smaller in scale, this is often compared to Lidice and Oradour-sur-Glane.

The incident inspired the poem Aust-Vågøy by Inger Hagerup. The poem, with its now famous opening lines "De brente våre gårder. De drepte våre menn (They burnt our homes. They murdered our men)", was soon being distributed illegally around the country.

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