At the end of World War II (1944-1945) the Germans used scorched earth tactics, and destroyed almost all buildings and all boats in Finnmark and Northern Troms. The population was evacuated. In the years following the liberation in 1945, the region was rebuilt and people returned.
The extensive reconstruction of the region lasted until the early 1960s. This is an important, but little known part of Norwegian postwar history. The architecture of the region was completely changed during this period – a direct and concrete expression of the drama and the change the people themselves went through.
In the house from Olderfjord we aim to tell the story of the Persen family who lived here in 1956. We will also tell about the recontruction of Finnmark after World War II.
In the cowshed we will show an exhibition about the war in Finnmark, and about the evacuation andscorching of this part of Norway at the end of the war. There will also be an exhibition about the fisherman/farmer's work.
Finnmark is Norway's largest and northernmost county and constitutes one sixth of mainland Norway, with an area of over 48 000 km². Finnmark borders the Arctic Ocean in the north, towards Troms (Kvænangen) in the west, Finland in the south and Russia in the east. The largest cities are Alta and Hammerfest in the west and Vadsø and Kirkenes in the east