Court refuses to hear suit by Nazi-era children

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13 July 2007, Oslo/Strasbourg (dpa) - Norwegian officials Thursday welcomed a ruling by the European Court of Human Rights not to hear an anti- discrimination suit against Norway by people who were conceived and born in a "master race" scheme by Nazi Germany.

13 July 2007

Oslo/Strasbourg (dpa) - Norwegian officials Thursday welcomed a ruling by the European Court of Human Rights not to hear an anti- discrimination suit against Norway by people who were conceived and born in a "master race" scheme by Nazi Germany.

"We think it is good that the stance taken by Norwegian courts was in line with the European Court of Human Rights," Hadia Tajik, aide to Minister of Labour and Social Inclusion Bjarne Hakon Hanssen told Norwegian news agency NTB.

The "Thiermann and Others v. Norway" suit 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) or "Tyskenbarn" (German children), they were born between late 1940 and May 8, 1945, the day of Nazi Germany's surrender.

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.

But while Norway has recognized that the war children were exposed to discrimination, Oslo has rejected making reparation payments, citing a 20-year statute of limitations.

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 soldiers with Norwegian women.

DPA

Subject: German news

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