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Posted by on Jan. 25, 2010 at 11:39 PM
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Norway finally forgives women who slept with Nazi soldiers

 

By Kate Connolly in Berlin
Published: 12:01AM BST 27 Oct 2005

Norwegian women who slept with German soldiers during the Second World War and have been denied a special pension ever since as punishment are finally to be forgiven.

Known as "tysketöser", German whores, they have until now been excluded from the war pension paid to all who remained true to "good national principles" during the occupation.

Now, however, Norway's government has quietly reversed its policy of discrimination against the women and will start paying the money to the few dozen still left.

"Very few are still alive and most went to their graves as shamed Norwegians," said Eva Simonsen of the University of Oslo. "But the important thing here is the principle.

"These women are no longer to be punished for the love stories of their youth that took place 60 years or more ago."

In fact, the Nazis who occupied Norway actively encouraged affairs between local women and German soldiers, part of an SS plan to enrich the Aryan gene pool. But when the occupiers fled and the puppet regime of Vidkun Quisling fell, the "tysketöser" were denounced as traitors.

Around 14,000 women who had relationships with the enemy were arrested at the end of the war and 5,000 were sent to labour camps.

Even today the estimated 12,000 children they gave birth to are seen by many older Norwegians as a danger to society.

After the war they were separated from their mothers, placed in homes where they suffered sexual and physical abuse and often classed as mentally deficient. The then authorities justified their treatment by arguing that the offspring of the German-Norwegian couples were a potential fifth column.

The most prominent "tyskerunge," or "German brat", is Anni-Frid Lyngstad, the brunette singer from the 1970s Scandinavian super group, Abba. Her mother, Synni, had an affair with a German soldier and was forced to flee with her to Sweden when they were ostracised in their village in northern Norway.

Synni died in the late 1940s and her daughter did not meet her German father until she was in her 30s.

Those of the women's children who finally received compensation payments of £2,000 this summer have cautiously welcomed the belated acknowledgment of their mothers.

"I was silent about my suffering for 50 years, like the other children only coming forward to tell my story in the late 1990s," said Gerd Fleischer, daughter of a Norwegian mother and German father. "But my mother's silence lasted until the grave".

The payments are calculated on the basis of average income during a working life. Those still eligible will not receive backdated payments.

Around 160 "war children", led by an Oslo lawyer, Randi Spydevold, are fighting for more compensation at the European Court of Human Rights.

Harriet von Nickel, 63, another plaintiff in the case, said: "When I was nine or 10, drunken villagers branded my forehead with a swastika. I rubbed sandpaper on my skin to get rid of it."



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by on Jan. 25, 2010 at 11:45 PM

wow that's a shame that these women were punished for so long. I mean, I guess I understand the point.. which is (I think) that if they slept with them they supported them.. but in the more illogical point of view... you can't help who you fall in love with? I guess?

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