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The Veidal Prison Camp (Norwegian language: Veidal fangeleir, German language: Gefangenenlager Veidal Kvænangen) was established in Kvænangen in August 1942 by the German occupation authorities. The prison camp was a subunit of the Grini Prison Camp[1] and, together with the Badderen Prison Camp, was created to erect snow fences and build snow sheds along a 6-kilometer (3.7 mi) length of roadway over the mountain Kvænangsfjellet. Four hundred prisoners from the Grini camp were sent to Kvænangsfjellet to assist Norwegian civilian laborers with the construction. The prisoners remained on the mountain for three months, from August 14, 1942 to November 11, 1942.

The construction work for the snow sheds and snow fences was led by Organisation Todt,[2] and the camp was guarded by the Wehrmacht.

The prisoners that were sent from Grini to the Veidal camp to work on the snow sheds included the artist Per Krohg[3] and the architect Odd Nansen.[4] Both of them wrote about their time on Kvænangsfjellet: Per Krohg in Memoarer – minner og meninger (Memoirs: Memories and Opinions; 1966) and Odd Nansen in Fra dag til dag (Day after Day; vol. 2, 1946).


  1. Happe, Katja, & Maja Peers. 2015. West- und Nordeuropa Juni 1942–1945. Berlin: De Gruyter Oldenbourg, p. 188.
  2. Böhm, Klaus. 1987. Die Organisation Todt im Einsatz, 1939–1945: Dargestellt nach Kriegsschauplätzen auf Grund der Feldpostnummern, Volume 1. Osnabrück: Biblio Verlag, p. 275.
  3. Krohg, Per. 1966. Memoarer: Minner og meninger. Oslo: Gyldendal, p. 141.
  4. Forty, George. 2002. Fortress Europe: Hitler's Atlantic Wall. Hersham, UK: Ian Allan, p. 33

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