Book presentation: "The secret of the scissors"
By Professor Liv Mjelde
This page is not available in English. Below is the Norwegian page translated by Google.
This is the unknown story of how young girls were kidnapped by German soldiers on the streets of the Soviet Union during World War II. Living together in caravans, hundreds of them ended up as forced laborers under terrible conditions in the fish fillet industry in Norway. After the war, all traces of the factories in Bodø, Trondheim, Melbu and Hammerfest were removed.
Boka Saksen's secret is based on a completely random meeting in 2005 in a souvenir shop in St. Petersburg. A Russian man approached Professor Liv Mjelde and wondered if she could help him find out where in Norway his father was born during the war.
This meeting was to be the beginning of 13 years of detective work in several countries before she found the place where her husband's father was born while her parents were forced laborers in Norway. Probably around 150 children were born in these prison camps, but none of them were registered in Norwegian birth registers or church books. The story of the young forced laborers and what was a major industry during the war was tried both hidden and forgotten after the war was over.
As a result of Liv Mjelde's tireless work over many years, many people are now involved in lifting this story further in the light - not only in Norway, but also in Sweden and Russia.