The German army invades Norway in April 1940.

“Norway was ill-prepared for an attack. There were no bomb shelters to speak of, and the air raid sirens that woke us in the middle of the following night caught the population of Oslo by surprise. Although my father knew that the makeshift bomb shelter in the basement of our building would not protect us from a direct hit, he nevertheless insisted that we join the other residents there. It was dark and crowded in the relatively small room, and everyone was nervous and frightened. Our peace had been short-lived. What would become of us? Where could we go?”

Margrit Rosenberg Stenge