Telavåg or Tælavåg is a village in Sund municipality in Hordaland
county, Norway. The village is located on the island of Sotra, about
39 kilometres (24 mi) southwest of the city of
Bergen and about 6
kilometres (3.7 mi) northwest of the village of Kausland. The
0.67-square-kilometre (170-acre) village has a population (2013) of
551, giving the village a population density of 882 inhabitants per
square kilometre (2,280/sq mi).
2.1 North Sea Maritime Museum
3 See also
5 External links
During the occupation of
Norway by Nazi Germany,
Telavåg played an
important role in the secret North Sea boat traffic between
Great Britain. The village was the scene of the
Telavåg Tragedy in
the spring of 1942, during World War II.
On 26 April 1942, after having discovered that some of the inhabitants
Telavåg were hiding two men from the Linge company, Arne Meldal
Værum and Emil Gustav Hvaal, the
Gestapo arrived to arrest the
Norwegian officers. Shots were exchanged, and two prominent German
Gestapo officers (Kriminalrat Gerhard Berns and Kriminalsekretär
Henry Bertram) were shot dead. Arne Værum was also killed in the
incident. Emil Hvaal and his son were executed a few months later.
Josef Terboven personally oversaw the Nazi reprisal,
which was quick and brutal. 30 April, 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
Nazi concentration camp
Nazi concentration camp at Sachsenhausen. 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 atrocity is
often compared to similar events at Lidice in the Czech Republic and
Oradour-sur-Glane in France.
North Sea Maritime Museum
The North Sea Maritime Museum in
Telavåg (Nordsjøfartmuseet i
Televåg) was opened on 26 April 1998. It is a modern building with a
cinema theater seating 100 people and a conference room. The permanent
exhibition of The North Sea Traffic Museum deals with the Telavåg
tragedy. The museum also exhibits The North Sea Traffic and features
Leif Larsen, who as a central person in this traffic became known as
Telavåg Tragedy exhibition shows how and why
the local community
Telavåg has a unique standing in the history of
the occupation of Norway.
List of wars and disasters by death toll
^ a b Statistisk sentralbyrå (1 January 2013). "Urban settlements.
Population and area, by municipality".
^ "Tælavåg, Sund (Hordaland)" (in Norwegian). yr.no. Retrieved
^ "North Sea Maritime Museum in Telavåg". Embassy of
Norway in the
^ "Nordsjøfartmuseet" (in Norwegian). Museum Vest.