Centre for historical reflection and peace building
The centre is based in a building which served as a Gestapo regional headquarters during World War II, with the basement functioning as a detention and interrogation centre. Stiftelsen Arkivet took over the vacated building in 1999. Read more about the history of Arkivet. Stiftelsen Arkivet wants to assist in the achievement of human rights, human dignity, peace building and conflict prevention.Arkivet studies how the retelling of our local history from World War II can help create attitudes, knowledge, and understanding in order to secure the basis for lasting peace and democracy. Read the statutes for Stiftelsen Arkivet.
Arkivet also provides a common location for several central humanitarian and peace building organizations including Red Cross, Save the Children, United Nations Association, C.I.S.V and Amnesty International. Read more about the co-localized organizations.
Arkivet's permanent exhibition is situated in the basement of the building. The prison cells and torture chambers from 1942-45 have been reconstructed and the events that took place in the basement are illustrated by installations and human size dolls. By retelling the stories of torture, contempt for human life, and anti-democratic forces, there is a starting point for drawing parallels with today’s challenges: How can we secure a future where similar events do not repeat themselves? Read more about the Gestapo-exhibition.
Stiftelsen Arkivet is a historic site, but it is also a war memorial, because of the human suffering that is commemorated in different ways onsite. When you enter the building you pass an obelisk monument that commemorates the 162 people from this region who died in imprisonment during the war. Another memorial outside the building is the bust of Arne Laudal, a Norwegian military officer and resistance fighter, who was executed in 1944. Inside the building there is a commemoration hall with the names of the approximately 3500 people from this region who were imprisoned during the war. Pictures
The library is open to the public, and contains literature relevant for Arkivet.The Library also has a collection of periodicals and newspapers from the time period around the World War II. Read more about the Library (Norwegian)