The history from ARKIVET Peace and Human Rights Centre, the former State Archive in Kristiansand, is conveyed through our permanent exhibition, temporary and virtual exhibitions.

ARKIVET has created a living piece of Norwegian war history in what was the Gestapo headquarters in Kristiansand during the Second World War. The horrors of German occupation and the treatment of members of the Norwegian resistance are represented in text, images and animations.

This is home to the darkest, most gruesome war history in the region. Norwegians were tortured, mutilated and beaten to death while undergoing what the Gestapo described as ‘heavy questioning’. The exhibition attempts to create a greater understanding of how individuals’ choice of actions can affect the development of the entire society.

The stories of resistance and imprisonment are a source of hope, reflection and education for the people of today.