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#17 Norway apologizes to war-time ‘German girls’

Norway has apologized to women and their descendants ostracized after World War Two for coupling or having children with occupying German soldiers. Prime Minister Erna Solberg said Norwegian reprisals were "shameful."

Solberg said the estimated 50,000 women labelled "German girls," who had or were suspected of having intimate wartime relations with Nazi troops, ended up marked "for the rest of their lives."

Seven decades later, most have since died. After Norway's liberation in 1945, reprisals inflicted included job dismissals, detentions, expulsions and removal of nationality.

"For many, this was just teenage love, for some, the love of their lives," said Solberg Wednesday, adding that their treatment breached the principle that no citizen should be punished outside the court system.

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