Before coming here, I had never thought the Germans (as in Nazi) made it this far North. Then a few weeks back, when the kid came and stayed with us over a weekend, we visited this little fishing camp area not far from here which also turned out to be next to bunkers and others left behind by the Germans after the Second World War. To think that some place as remote as Bodø could be of interest is flabbergasting to me. One of Hubby's co-worker had mentioned this place, a few hours away from Bodø, called Rognan where they have cemeteries for German soldiers, Yugoslav and Russians war prisoners. Prisoners who were "used" to dig tunnels in massive rocks, slaves of the Germans. Saturday we drove to Rognan.
|Memorial stating that 2,732 German soldiers were buried there.|
Across the way, was another stone fenced area, this one dedicated to Yugoslav prisoners of was, who died in captivity of German.
|1,657 Yugoslav prisoners of war were buried there.|
|111 Russian prisoners.|
Human compassion is a darn strange thing. It will surprise you in some people, and just like the opposite is true, people whom you thought would show some empathy are nowhere to be seen. I guess deep down, I always hope to see the good in people, and yet, it often isn't the case. I do know better than to expect anything of others. Compassion, empathy, sympathy whatever you want to call it, when you're on the receiving end of it all it feels damn good.