Efforts shelter Andersgrotta started in autumn 1941. It was an engineer Anders Elvebakk who led the work, and thus gave rise to the name Andersgrotta. The first tunnel was blasted from Tellef Dahlsgt., And work continued throughout the war.
In the burnt Kirkenes got Andersgrotta a central place in the hectic days of October in 1944. Already at 3 o’clock at night the 25th of October, negotiations between the Russian forces and representatives of civilian population finalized in first aid station in the cave. Later in the day on 25 October, it was also held the Presidency meeting in the same «space».
After the war, continued efforts to improve Andersgrotta. It was bricked girders and set up concrete columns to reinforce the cave. This was done as emergency work after the war. Andersgrotta was part of war and nuclear preparedness till the beginning of the 80s.
In 1990 Andersgrotta reopened to the public. Here a movie about Kirkenes at War, based on archive footage and nyopptak. The film has both angel, German and Norwegian speech.
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