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Telavåg (sometimes spelled Tælavåg) is a small village in the municipality of Sundmarker, located 39 km south west of Bergen, Norwaymarker, with a population of about 600.

Telavåg tragedy

The village was the scene of the Telavåg Tragedy in the spring of 1942, during World War II.

On April 26, 1942, after having discovered that some of the inhabitants of Telavåg were hiding two men from the Linge company, the Gestapo arrived to arrest the Norwegian officers. Shots were exchanged, and two prominent German Gestapomarker officers (Kriminalrat Gerhard Berns and Kriminalsekretär Henry Bertram) and Arne Værum were shot dead.

Reichskommisar Josef Terboven personally oversaw the reaction, which was quick and brutal. As the villagers were watching, all buildings were destroyed, all boats were sunk or confiscated, and all livestock taken away. All men in the village were either executed or sent to the concentration camp at Sachsenhausenmarker. Of the 72 who were deported from Telavåg, 31 were murdered in captivity. Women and children were imprisoned for two years. 18 Norwegian prisoners (unrelated to Telavåg) held at the Trandum internment camp were also executed as a reprisal. Though smaller in scale, this is often compared to Lidicemarker and Oradour-sur-Glanemarker.

The incident inspired the poem Aust-Vågøy by Inger Hagerup. The poem, with its now famous opening lines "De brente våre gårder. De drepte våre menn (They burnt our homes. They murdered our men)", was soon being distributed illegally around the country.

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