Tenants Find 70-Year-Old Secret Room In Home, Then Learn Why It Was Kept Hidden
Marilyn Caylor 12/13/2016
Dungeons, secret passages, and trap doors in the floor aren't usually the type of creepy things a normal person wants to discover hiding in their new home. Yet, that's exactly the kind of eerie stuff a group of housemates set out to find the minute they got settled into their new digs.
After a group of Norwegian students moved into their new residence, their landlord revealed there was a mysterious room hidden somewhere in the house. However, she would not tell them where it was - nor anything about its dark history. They would have to discover it for themselves...
They looked for hours around the home, before realizing they would have to think outside of the box to solve the mystery.
Reddit user mYNDIG posted an interesting series of snapshots that documented the group's journey to find the mystery room mentioned by their landlord.
"Our houselord told us that there might be a hidden room there, and what else to do when you should study for exams than actually go and look?"
Perhaps it was when they were lounging around, bored and watching the Norwegian version of Netflix, that they finally noticed the door in the ceiling. Duh, of course - the secret room must be in the attic!
There was no hesitation - the group immediately yanked it open. Thankfully, no skeleton bones dropped onto their feet, or it would have been game over.
Young male college kids are usually brave and adventurous, so there was no question about who was going to go up there first... they marched the ladies up the ladder and told them to to have a look around!
Once it was safe, the men discovered that the women had seemingly already set up shop, as evidenced by the IKEA shopping bag and a pretty gift box that was lying on the floor.
Hey, wait a minute... did the ladies already find the hidden treasure room?
Besides a few wires hanging from the rafters and a dirty Aladdin's carpet taking up the back corner, there was nothing of interest in the attic. There wasn't even a cool IKEA bookshelf to hold imaginary volumes of old and dusty Encyclopedia Brittanicas.
Sigh. What next? Maybe it was time for the group to just kick back and rethink their strategy.
Laziness is exactly what they needed to jumpstart their journey! In the grand tradition of bumbling cartoon characters, the hidden room was not found by clever Sherlock Holmes type deduction skills, but by a random leg that needed to soothe its Charley horse.
"Took us damn long time, and was found by accident when one of the people I live with just stretched out and the wall moved."
The group finally found the hidden room they were seeking, but what they saw inside was quite unexpected.
Here's another clue. It's easy to see how this alarm clinging to the wall would have warned the General of approaching Nazis invaders. All those dead-end wires in the main attic are now starting to make a bit more sense.
Only, there doesn't seem to be an alternate escape route. Did he sequester the ghost of Harry Houdini in here with him?
There are many theories as to what the purpose of this room was. Jewish families were often hidden away in small rooms such as this. However, the map, alarm, and wires seem to point to a different purpose.
Reddit user norwigga commented on the post, and said:
"My guess is that this was a radio room for the underground movement when Norway was occupied during WWII. Norwegians would listen to English BBC radio then make underground newspapers to spread news of how the war was truly going (the Germans only spread propaganda). It was quite illegal and if you were caught with a radio, you were sent to prison or a concentration camp."
Although the Norwegian students didn't get a prize from their "houselord" for finding the secret room, they certainly learned a bit of history by exploring it firsthand. That should count for something on their exams!
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These photos are chilling! It mirrors the conditions that the infamous teen Anne Frank endured when she was hiding from the Nazis in German occupied Amsterdam. What do you think the room was used for?