was originally a prison but became more and more like
a concentration camp because of the constant development.
The expansions and new barracks were necessary as
the arrests grew in numbers. Grini was a mix of a
concentration camp and a general prison.
Several SS officers made sure strict discipline was
maintained. Should one get sick, there was no point
in seeing the SS, Dr. Rietz. He was described as 98
% nazi and 2% doctor. He was also a member of the
German security services. (sicherheitsdients)
All in all, a total of 19 788 prisoners were recorded
at Grini. Most of these Norwegians. 86 prisoners of
war died, most of these after being transferred to
At Grini, 9 persons were executed. 5 men and 3 woman.
Other prisons, apart from Grini, was "Møllergata
19" in Oslo, "Arkivet (the archive) in Christianson.
"Ulven" (the wolf) outside Bergen, later
to be relieved by the "Espeland" camp.
"Sydspissen" (soutpoint) in Tromsø
and "Krøkebærsletta" also in
Tromsø. We had also a terrible camp outside
Trondheim named "Falstad. Aside from these numerous
prisons slave laborers had many camps in Norway, specially
in the north, Bardufoss as an example.
its peak almost 5000 were imprisoned at Grini. A total
of 1470 perished in German concentration camps. About
40 000 saw the inside of German prisons and around
50 000 fled the country. None of these did however
suffer the same fate as the Norwegian Jews. 610 lost
their lives. 240 women and 370 men. Only 27 survived,
none of them women or children. The 2.w.war costs
Norway 10 262 lives, of these 883 were women.