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The Heavy Load

The Gold Reserve and the freedom of the nation.

The Heavy Load was the code name used when Norway's gold reserve was rescued from the German occupying forces on the 9th of April 1940.

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Foto: Museum of Cultural History, UiO / Kirsten Jensen Helgeland

The gold bars and coins secured the value of the Norwegian currency from 1875. The gold that financed the resistance. In the collective Norwegian mind this gold holds a central place. Empowering Norway, making her a nation to be reckoned with. Gold, paving the way for a free Norway, shown in public for the first time. Gold gleaming with a newfound national freedom.

Upstairs from The Heavy Load you enter Stairway to Heaven.

Published Mar. 20, 2014 2:36 PM - Last modified Feb. 9, 2021 10:48 AM