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Nazis’ children compensated

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Thousands of children born to Norwegian mothers and occupying Nazi fathers will receive state money to make up for their ill-treatment by the government, parliament ruled this week. After Germany invaded Norway in 1940, it encouraged soldiers to start families with blond, pale Norwegian women as part of a pro-Aryan policy. The mothers and babies were pampered and honored during the war, but afterward the Norwegian government deported or arrested most of the mothers and sent many of the children to asylums. Half-Germans were ostracized as “Nazi spawn.” Parliament has yet to decide how much money each of the estimated 12,000 people, now mostly in their 60s, will receive.

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