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"My husband had to leave his home and his country in hunger, he died in hunger.
I never had the opportunity to bring him food and clothes when he needed it most.
Thus I lay this bread and shirt upon his grave here in Falstad Forest".

Nada Grozdanovic, Falstad Forest 1978.

The execution site, Falstad Forest, lies one kilometre south of the Falstad Building. Approximately 300 prisoners were executed here in the period 1942-43. Before liberation on the 8th of May 1945, an unknown number of remains of the executed were sunk in the Trondheim Fjord. Presumably Falstad Forest still conceals unknown graves. During the summer of 1945 known graves were opened and the remains identified. In the years 1945-52, a total number of 49 graves were found in Falstad Forest. The burial places are today marked with stone pyramids. Names of the executed are carved on a cenotaph in the forest. For prisoners of Yugoslav or Soviet Russian origin, Falstad served as a death camp.

A monument in Falstad Forest was unveiled by HRH Crown Prince Olav in 1947. Falstad Forest is today a national cultural monument and a war grave site.

 

monument in the forest

monument in falstad forest 2

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