72 years after Lillian Crott Berthung (96) was deprived of Norwegian citizenship after having married a German soldier, she can finally call herself Norwegian again.
When Prime Minister Erna Solberg (H) in October apologized for the treatment of the so-called “German girls”, Berthung saw an opportunity to write a final letter to the Norwegian authorities, after several years of unsuccessful attempts, according to NRK .
This week, Norway’s ambassador to Germany, Petter Ølberg, could hand over the document that makes Berthung, originally from Harstad, Norwegian again.
– I can’t believe it’s true. Now when I’m soon a hundred years old. I must first digest it. It’s nice to think about it, says Berthung.
The letter comes 72 years after she married the German soldier Helmut Crott after World War II. Berthung says she was abused in the streets during the liberation days, and she moved to Germany with Crott in 1947. That same year she lost her nationality.
It is estimated that between 40,000 and 50,000 women had relations with German men during the war. After the war, mass arrests occurred and many women were detained in detention camps. Others were deported.
– In the fall I gave an official regret for the Norwegian state’s treatment of “German girls”. Now Lillian Crott has regained her Norwegian citizenship, writes Solberg on Twitter .