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Norway Apologizes for Persecuting WWII “German Girls” of their country.

Women who consorted with Nazi soldiers were attacked, shunned and deported after the war

For the “German Girls,” as they came to be called—the approximately 50,000 women in Norway who had consorted, or were rumored to have consorted with Nazi soldiers during the country’s occupation, and were later denied jobs, socially shunned, physically attacked or deported because of it—Norwegian prime minister Erna Solberg has issued a formal apology. As the BBC reports, the announcement came at an event this week marking the 70th anniversary of the U.N.’s Declaration of Human Rights.

“[Norwegian authorities] violated the fundamental principle that no citizen can be punished without trial or sentenced without law,” Solberg said on Wednesday. “For many, this was just a teenage love, for some, the love of their lives with an enemy soldier or an innocent flirt that left its mark for the rest of their lives. Today, in the name of the government, I want to offer my sincere apologies.”

As Emily Sullivan at NPR reports, while trysts between locals and occupying armies are not uncommon during wartime, in Norway the situation was different. The Nazis encouraged soldiers occupying the Nordic nation to have children with local women, part of Heinrich Himmler’s designs to engineer an Aryan super race composed of German and Nordic genetics. It’s estimated that about 12,000 children were born to Norwegian mothers and invading Nazi German soldiers.

Approximately half of these babies, it is believed, were part of something called the Lebensborn or “fount of life” program that was designed specifically to propagate more Aryan babies. As Erin Blakemore writes over at Timeline, Himmler offered women impregnated by S.S. officers, who could prove their children were “racially pure,” special subsidies and treatment. Throughout Norway, there were at least eight Lebensborn homes where the babies could be birthed, something that Iliana Magra at The New York Times calls a “relatively large number.”

These children, along with their mothers, faced many forms of discrimination after the war. Women who married German soldiers and their children were stripped of their Norwegian citizenship, interned and deported to Germany. Many of the offspring who remained were abused, attacked and confined to mental institutions because of their parentage. Some, like Anni-Frid Lyngstad, a member of the band ABBA who is the daughter of a German father, fled Norway for Sweden with her mother to escape the rampant persecution.

While the Norwegian government issued an apology to the children in 2002 and offered them compensation, it’s taken another 15 years for it to acknowledge the mothers. Magra for the Times reports that this reassessment of history became feasible as the last members of the World War II generation, who considered the women collaborators or traitors, have aged out of political power.

“We cannot say women who had personal relations with German soldiers were helping the German war effort,” Guri Hjeltnes, director of the Center for Holocaust and Minorities Studies, tells the AFP. “Their crime was breaking unwritten rules and moral standards. They were punished even more harshly than the war profiteers.”

Norway was not alone in persecuting “horizontal collaborators,” as these women were crudely called. Violent purges of women occurred in other occupied countries. Take France, for instance. As Ann Mah at TIME reports, following the Allied liberation of the country, the public began attacking women who had entanglements with Nazi soldiers, as part of the center of a larger purge called the épuration sauvage. About 20,000 women accused of sleeping with the enemy had their heads shaved; others were covered in tar, physically assaulted, stoned, spat upon and shunned. As many as 6,000 people considered collaborators, including many women, were killed.

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Sudanese mum sentenced to death by muslims for being a Christian gives birth in jail

 MORE MUSLIM MUTILATING MADNESS & MOTHER MURDER
 Daniel Wani and Meriam Ibrahim on their wedding day image www.goodgirlsgo.com

Happier times … Daniel Wani and Meriam Ibrahim on their wedding day.

A Christian Sudanese woman who has been sentenced to hang for apostasy has given birth in jail in Khartoum, a Western diplomat said on Tuesday.

“She gave birth to a girl today. The mother and the baby seem to be doing okay,” said a diplomat, who wished to remain anonymous.

But he said: “It’s a cruel treatment to be in such a situation.”

Meriam Ibrahim was sentenced to death after being found guilty of converting from Islam to Christianity and marrying a Christian man, US citizen Daniel Wani, who lives in New Hampshire. The couple are also parents to 20-month-old Martin.

The 27-year-old doctor was three weeks pregnant in September when she was arrested under the Islamic sharia law that has been in force in Sudan since 1983. At the time, her husband was visiting Khartoum to try to arrange for the family to move to America.

She will receive 100 lashes before she is executed sometime in the next two years.

Martin, the 20-month-old son of death row prisoner Meriam Ibrahim.image www.goodgirlsgo.com

Meriam’s toddler son lives with her in the prison, where she has been shackled to the floor for the last months of her pregnancy. Officials will not allow her husband to take the children as they say they are Muslim and should not be under the care of a Christian.

The mum of two is unrepentant about her choice, telling her husband weeks ago, “If they want to execute me then they should go ahead and do it because I’m not going to change my faith.” She says she has “always been a Christian” after her mother brought her up in the religion, and that she could not “pretend to be a Muslim” in order to save her life.

An online petition that requests the cancellation of Meriam’s execeution has accumulated more than 660,000 signatures

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WOMEN HAVE NO RIGHTS IN INDONESIA. BABARIC SHARIA RITUALS WHEN RAPED

INDONESIAN POLICE TO FLOG YOUNG WOMAN AFTER BEING PACK RAPED BY 8 MEN

sharia woman in berka being flogged image www.goodgirlsgo.com

Sharia law … A woman is caned in Aceh for selling food during Ramadan in October. A woman and a man will soon be caned publicly for adultery. Photo: AFP

 

Sharia police in the Indonesian province of Aceh will publicly flog a young woman for adultery after she was turned in by eight vigilantes who had already gang-raped her as punishment.

 

The woman, a 25-year-old widow, and her alleged partner, a married 40-year old man, were caught inside her home last Thursday by a group of eight who were intent on enforcing the sharia prohibition on sex outside marriage, local media reports say.

 

The eight, who included a 13-year-old boy, tied up and beat the man and repeatedly raped the woman before dousing both in raw sewage.

 

They then marched the couple to the office of the local sharia police.

 

Ibrahim Latif, the head of the sharia police, or Wilayatul Hisbah in the town of Langsa, in Aceh’s far south-east, was quoted in The Jakarta Globe saying: “We want the couple caned because they violated the religious bylaw on sexual relations”.

 

Under the sharia law, which is peculiar to Aceh, each of the couple faces nine strokes of the cane in a public place.

 

The woman’s ordeal at the hands of her accusers would not be taken into account in delivering the sentence, Mr Ibrahim said.

 

“They have to be [caned] as a form of justice … they’ve confessed to having sex several times before, even though the man is married and has five children”.

 

The Jakarta Globe newspaper reported that Teungku Faisal Ali, the head of the Aceh chapter of the country’s largest Islamic organisation, Nahdlatul Ulama had backed the caning.

 

The organisation is usually considered part of Indonesia’s moderate muslim maintream.

 

However, Mr Faisal said the alleged rapists themselves should be treated more harshly than the couple, because they had “set back efforts to uphold sharia in Aceh”.

 

He said vigilantes should not act directly, but report offences to the sharia police.

 

Three of the alleged rapists including the boy are in police custody, and police have appealed for the families of the other five to give them up.

 

They are facing investigation and conviction by the ordinary criminal courts.

 

Aceh is the only province of Indonesia which enforces sharia law, after the central government in Jakarta granted its religious leaders the right to impose it in 2001 to try to quell separatist sentiment.

 

A recent bylaw in the province extended its provisions to all residents and visitors, including non-Muslims.

 

The law is enforced patchily, but Langsa is known to be strict. In nearby Lhokseumawe, women are prohibited from wearing tight jeans and riding astride motor scooters — they are required to go side saddle. Women are also expected to cover their hair, and young unmarried couples are not allowed to sit together in public in case sexual feelings emerge.

 

The law has often been abused by vigilantes and overzealous officials.

 

In one tragic case in 2012, a 16-year old girl was at a concert with friends in Langsa when the sharia police harangued her as a prostitute. When local media picked up the story the next day, repeated the accusation and published her full name, the girl hanged herself.

 

In 2010, three sharia policemen raped a 20-year-old university student after they found her riding a motorcycle with her boyfriend.

Henry Sapiecha