By the Polar Circle and stretching north there was often only a few hundred meters between the different camps , and as work progressed the camps or its population of slaves was moved further north along the planned railroad.
Now , slave life would definately be a very hard situation for anyone , but for those in the mountain camps life was probably worse. The Norwegian mountains is high and has a very harsh climate. Even the summer can bring days or weeks with a hellish weather and the winter is a chapter for itself , and when it would be a beautiful warm day the imprisoned Red Army men would be too starved and tired to notice.
I don`t know what weather it was that day in May 1945 when the camps was Liberated but any survivor would probably remember it as a warm sunny day.
Finding the camps can be difficult. The area is rocky and can seem very uniform. I knew where to look but it took a while before I was able to find the location. This camp was one of the largest on the mountain and was in use until the liberation. When the Red Cross had an inspection here in May more than 80% of the prisoners was so sick and weak they could not even walk.
The climate here preserves the different materials quite well but I was amazed to see cloth and leather in very good condition just laying on the surface. Even pieces of paper have survived here for some 70 years!