During World War II, 2.2 million German soldiers took the train through the country. The German armed forces also sent 100,000 cargo loads of munitions through neutral Sweden.
The transit through Sweden was secret for a long time, but then the archives were opened and the old documents reveal so much. Jan Bergsten's new book "When the war took the train," tells about what happened when the German trains came to Jörn. They were not allowed to continue to Boden.
Jan Bergsten was born in 1953 in Markbygden's parish and has written about ten books related to railway traffic and railway life. Two years ago, he told during the Storytelling Festival in Jörn about being a track child in Jörn in the years 1957-1967.
The writing is usually linked to the railway and above all non-fiction, but also two historical novels about two women connected to the railway, about the chef Svarta Björn and the train driver Agnes.
This is how Jan Bergsten describes his writing when he was presented as the Minerva member of the month within the Writers' Union: “I grew up in a railway family, the youngest of six siblings and where most were born in guard cabins along the mainline through upper Norrland. My father started as a track guard and ended up as a head coach. What I am trying to portray is life by the railway but also what has rolled and is rolling on it. ”