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Photographs from the museum’s collections, 1940 – 1945

03. Jun 2017 - 31. Jan 2019

2015 marked 75 years since the German occupation of Norway and 70 years since liberation. MUST commemorates the milestone with an exhibition of photographs from the collections of Stavanger Maritime Museum and Stavanger Museum/ Cultural History Department.

These photos give us glimpses of the German occupation, the resistance movement, police work, sailors’ experiences during the war, everyday life in Stavanger and liberation in May 1945. The war and the ensuing peace were experienced very differently from family to family: for some, peace was harder than war. We present nuances of this history by showing some of the difficult aspects of liberation.

Because film rolls were scarce during World War II, few private photographs from the war years exist. Since the exhibition is based on the museums’ own photo collections, several themes related to the war years are not included, for instance the fate of Jewish families in Stavanger.

MUST is interested in gathering more information about everyday life during the war, also war-related events in the region. If you have photographs, archival material, memories or other information related to World War II, the museum will be most grateful to hear from you.