Discovered Nazi Slogan during Renovation

Interesting discovery of historic relic and a reminder of darker days of the twentieth century. As I will be visiting Bergen, the Tellevik coastal fort may be an interesting place to visit.

Nazi House Norway Kampf ist LebenThis Nazi slogan appeared when Frode Ellingsen was renovating the basement ceiling. (Photo: Magne Fonn Hafskor / Åsane Tidende)

When Frode Ellingsen was renovating the basement ceiling, a wooden beam with the Nazi slogan “Kampf ist Leben” (“To Fight is to Live”) appeared.

Under his lawn is a German bunker, and one theory is that the house in Bergen has been used as a guardhouse for German soldiers during World War II. The previous owner, Kjell-Ove Hordvik, denies this to Bergens Tidende.

– It was my grandfather who built the house around 1950 (…). He used materials from two German barracks that recently had been demolished. So the wooden beam originates from one of them, he says.

Adviser at the Cultural Heritage Management Office in Bergen, Stein Hevrøy, says that this sounds plausible.

– This is probably correct. The house is probably from the 50’s, and at that time…

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