When you move into a new place, the last thing that you expect to find is a hidden, World War II-era secret room, but that’s exactly what a group of Norwegian students found in the attic of their dormitory.
1. One day, a group of Norweigan students decided to explore the attic in their dormitory. They were curious, as college students often are, and they reached above their heads and opened the door that led to the attic.
2. The door swung open and a ladder descended from the ceiling. In a recent conversation with the landlord, he told them that there may be a hidden room in the house. They were thrilled to hear this and in no time they were searching around their new home. They thought the attic was as good as any place to search for a secret hideout.
3. The students climbed up the ladder and looked around. At first glance, the attic looked ordinary. All they found was an Ikea bag, a rug, a couple of boxes, and some bags.
4. Then, one of the students noticed an out of place panel. On closer inspection, it looked like it could possibly hide something mysterious behind it. They didn’t want to stop there. They knew they had to find out what lay behind the wood panel.
5. The students pushed open the panel with their feet. The wooden panel fell and exposed a secret room. The students couldn’t wait to investigate further.
6. The room that they found was dark, barren, and equipped only with a small table. They shined a light around the room and saw messages scribbled on the walls. The hideout appeared to date back to World War II.
7. Nazi Germany occupied Norway on April 9, 1940. In a mere two months, the Nazis had full control of the country.
8. Under the eyes of the Germans, the Norwegians mounted a spirited resistance movement. The men and women of Norway weren’t ready to let Hitler and the Nazis dictate how they would live their lives.
9. Norweigan resistance members wore pins on their clothing to indicate their membership into the secret organization. They also wrote and printed several resistance newspapers to keep the residents informed.
10. Inside the secret hideout, the students found the following message, “if you have a bad stomach, then you do not have access.” The students didn’t know what to make of the message. Perhaps this was a code of some sort, or maybe the men simply didn’t want to share such close quarters with someone who was ill.
11. The sign was in great condition, despite being over 70 years old. The Norweigan resistance fighters hid wherever they could, including this cramped attic, to outsmart the occupying Nazis.
12. The room was equipped with an alarm system that could notify other members of the group if Nazi soldiers showed up.
13. The students also found a map of Europe in the attic. The map was torn but was still legible. Around this time, the students notified the public. Local journalists and historians contacted them and provided more information related to the find.
14. According to the journalists, the room that the students found was once the site where resistance fighters printed newspapers. They printed the papers from December 1944 to March 1945. The journalists and historians produced photos of the old hideout and showed them to the students.
15. The Norweigan resistance fighters rewrote stories that they heard on the British Broadcasting Corporations radio transmissions. Eventually, the Nazis became suspicious and started snooping around the home. The resistance members feared for their lives and decided to abandon the room before they were caught.
16. The secret hideout also had names of locations in Poland on the wall. Most likely these towns were jotted down to track the movement of Soviet troops.
17. The students examined the door and noticed that the resistance fighters had used a large nail to lock the room and conceal them from the outside world.
18. The students messed around with the nail, but it was in no shape to keep the panel closed. They figured it must have been in a much better condition when the fighters depended on it during World War II.
19. Age Thorvaldsen, one of the men who wrote for the resistance paper during the war was later discovered and arrested. The room that the students found had laid undisturbed since the end of the war.
20. In Norway and many other places in Europe, residents are finding more and more hideouts from the war. Recently, someone discovered this hidden room in their basement. When he moved in, the room was sitting there, exposed, at the bottom of the stairs.
21. As if these rooms weren’t bizarre enough, the Farla family in England found an especially peculiar hideout. The family initially thought that there was a vent in one of their hallways. They looked closer and determined that this was no ordinary vent. Under a ventilated grate was a small room that appeared to be an old prison or dungeon. The stone room had two bed looking structures. Previous occupants also appeared to have moved stones or wood in the shape of a cross. Whether this was intentional or not, is not likely to ever be known for certain. All of these hideouts serve as proof that you never know what you’re going to find when you move into an old home in Europe.