NORWAY: The Little Children

Alone among the countries of Europe, Norway has dared to look frankly into the eyes of its "war babies." Nine thousand offspring of Norwegian mothers and German fathers born during the German occupation will bear no stigma when they grow up. The children's origin will be purposely obscured in order to protect them against Norwegian resentment toward their parents.

The Government has proposed a special "war-baby law" changing the babies' names and providing for their adoption by Norwegian families; where necessary, costs will be paid by the state and added to reparations claims against Germany.

The mothers who want to go...

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