When Germany invaded Norway in 1940, Nazi chief Heinrich Himmler endorsed the idea of German troopers hooking up with Norwegian ladies, as that might assist convey the Nazis nearer to the Aryan grasp race they wished for.
Per the BBC, about 50,000 Norwegian ladies ended up in relationships with the Germans, and so they turned referred to as the “German Ladies”—a label that led to harsh punishments after WWII ended when their nation turned on them for what was considered as a betrayal.
Now, Norway’s prime minister is formally providing an apology to these ladies, calling them “victims of undignified therapy” and noting that Norwegian authorities again then acted exterior of normal conventions in punishing these ladies and the youngsters they bore.
“For a lot of, this was only a teenage love,” Norwegian PM Erna Solberg mentioned Wednesday at a UN human rights occasion. “For some, the love of their lives with an enemy soldier or an harmless flirt … left its mark for the remainder of their lives. Right this moment, within the title of the federal government, I wish to provide my apologies.” Punishments included getting fired from their jobs, detentions, being stripped of their nationality, and even expulsions to Germany.
In the meantime, lots of the greater than 10,000 kids who got here out of those relationships have been despatched to foster houses or “particular establishments,” Deutsche Welle notes.
A historian says that Norwegian males who married German ladies throughout the identical interval weren’t equally punished. “[The women’s] solely crime was breaking the unwritten guidelines,” he says.
(As one girl headed to the Auschwitz fuel chamber, she wrote this.)
This text initially appeared on Newser: Norway: Sorry How We Handled WWII’s ‘German Ladies’