Court mulls suit by Nazi-era children

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12 March 2007, Strasbourg (dpa) - The European Court of Human Rights began deliberations whether to hear an anti-discrimination suit against Norway by people who were conceived and born in a "master race" scheme by Nazi Germany. The application was brought by 154 Norwegian nationals, four Swedish nationals and one German national, all of whom had a Norwegian mother and German father and who claim to have suffered major discrimination in Norway after the war. Called "Krigsbarn" (war children), they were bor

12 March 2007

Strasbourg (dpa) - The European Court of Human Rights began deliberations whether to hear an anti-discrimination suit against Norway by people who were conceived and born in a "master race" scheme by Nazi Germany.

The application was brought by 154 Norwegian nationals, four Swedish nationals and one German national, all of whom had a Norwegian mother and German father and who claim to have suffered major discrimination in Norway after the war.

Called "Krigsbarn" (war children), they were born between late 1940 and May 8, 1945, the day of Nazi Germany's surrender.

The plaintiffs' application - first filed with the court in June 2003 - are based on articles 3, 8 and 14 of the European Convention on Human Rights which concern degrading treatment, the right to private and family life, and discrimination.

The plaintiffs said they had suffered from abuse and mistreatment in post-war Norway because of their parentage, and from the fact that so far the Oslo government had not offered any reparations to them.

Not only the children themselves, but often the Norwegian mothers were also subject to abuse after the war.

A court press release noted that in 2000, Prime Minister Kjell Magne Bondevik had apologized for the discrimination and injustice which many war children had experienced.

Between 10,000 and 12,000 such children were born in Norway, which was under Nazi German occupation during the war. The programme fell within the Nazi ideology of a superior Aryan race and the effort to improve on it by breeding selected German men with Norwegian women.

DPA

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