The Story of Anni-Frida of ABBA and Norway’s dark history

This article is to accompany the article on this same subject in the Romanian language which you can read here – Povestea FRIDEI de la Abba – ORORILE NORVEGIEI asupra COPIILOR dupa WW2 (Documentar). This article delves into Norway’s impact on children going back as far as World War II.As many of our readers know, there is a present case in Norway which has drawn international attention to the way Norway handles children. Norwegian CPS laws give total authority to its Child Protective Services to remove any child from their family without due process on the whim of CPS workers who are not even trained in any special way, except to follow their own set of rules. The Barnevernet’s actions and abusive practices  have spawned many international protests. For a list of 68 outrageous reasons children have been removed from their homes, please read here – 68 Reasons Given By The Norwegian State For Depriving Parents of Their Children. The list was compiled in 2012 and is open, as she will add more reasons from actual cases as time goes on. The author of the list is Marinne Haslv Skanland. Skanland is a professor emeritus of linguistics of the University of Bergen in Norway. She is especially interested in analysis and criticism of science. Our interest in this particular case springs up from the abuses of Norway;s present CPS system perpetrated against a mixed romanian family living in Norway, whose 5 children were removed from their home for subious reasons. You can read about the BODNARIU case here –  The BODNARIU family drama in Norway reported by CHARISMA magazine and The CHRISTIAN POST.

Frida from Abba Photo credit ABBAThe story of Anni Frida Lyngstad is a traumatic one. Having been born to a mother who had an affair with a german soldier during the german occupation of Norway, Anni-Frida was barbarically taken from her mother and placed in a reeducation camp, along with another 10 – 14.000 such illegitimate children. A camp, in which horrible experiments were done on these children. Anni-Frida’s mother was able to kidnap her back from the reeducation camp and they both fled to Sweden. Here is her story as told in the Daily Mail some years ago (Anni-Frida is now 70 years old), when a lawsuit representing 150 of these children survivors finally went to the European Court of Human Rights:

On record and stage, Abba exemplified all that was fun and exhilarating in pop music. And leading the chorus in a string of worldwide hits was the distinctive, mellow voice of Frida Lyngstad, ‘the dark one’.

Abba’s lyrics were often more poignant than their catchy melodies might initially suggest, but the Lycra-clad Frida, tottering on her platform heels as she belted her way through such songs as Fernando and Mamma Mia, always projected an image of joyous exuberance. She wishes she could do the same in her own life. She cannot. The miseries of her past continue to torment her, even now, at the age of 56.

Abba made her rich beyond dreams, and since her second marriage in 1992 to a member of one of Germany’s royal houses, she has been Her Serene Highness Princess Anni-Frid of Reuss.

Yet she remains what she has always been – a confused and desperately unhappy refugee from her childhood.

She has tried to close her mind to the painful reality of who she really is, seeking psychiatric help and retreating into isolation. All to no avail. The past keeps springing up to confront her.

It is about to do so again, in one of the most disturbing cases to come before the European Court of Human Rights.

For Frida Lyngstad was the product of an affair between a Norwegian woman and a Nazi soldier.

There were up to 14,000 children of such liaisons in Norway. Some were the progeny of SS chief Heinrich Himmler’s Lebensborn (‘fountain of life’) plan to produce a master-race of blondhaired Aryans.

Under this perverted scheme, special houses were established throughout Germany and occupied Europe, including in Norway, where SS officers mated with selected women.

Princess Michael of Kent’s father, SS major Baron Gunther von Reibnitz, is alleged to have been party to the project. Others were simply the result of the kind of love affair of convenience that war engenders. Frida was one of those.

It is almost 60 years since the end of the war, and time should have dimmed the memory of such a sorry chapter in history. But that has not happened in Norway.

In the aftermath of the Nazi’s defeat, collaborators were subjected to retribution. In Norway, so were such children – not by the Germans who spawned them, but by the Norwegian people acting under the authority of the postwar Norwegian state.

In 1945, the head of Norway’s largest mental hospital stated that women who had ‘mated’ with German soldiers were ‘mental defectives’, and concluded that 80 per cent of their progeny must be retarded.The children were vilified, abused, confined to mental institutions, beaten, raped and treated as sub-humans until well into the Sixties.

Their testimony makes harrowing reading. ….]

Now the survivors, having failed to gain compensation from the Norwegian government – which still refuses to fully confront this appalling blight on its national reputation – are taking their case to Strasbourg. And they are anxious to enlist the support of Frida Lyngstad

Frida was fortunate in that she managed to avoid the worst of the maltreatment. She could not, however, escape the stigma – and it has stayed with her ever since.

It was in 1943, three years after the Germans invaded Norway, that a 24-year- old Nazi sergeant named Alfred Haase was posted to Ballangen. This small town is 20 miles from the port of Narvik, where, by coincidence, the SS had set up a Lebensborn stud farm.

When Haase caught sight of Synni Lyngstad, however, he decided to do his own courting. He seduced the pretty 18-year-old by giving her a sack of potatoes – a gift of immense value in wartime Norway, where food was scarce. They had sex shortly afterwards, following a naked swim in a nearby lake.

[….] For three decades, Frida had had to deal with the disgrace of being a Lebensborn child. Now[, in 1977, after finding out her father was alive] she had to deal with a father she had never known. It proved beyond her emotional capabilities. Ever since the first meeting with her father, she has been prone to bouts of depression that have required medical attention.

Says Haase, [the german father]: ‘I didn’t know she would be traumatised or anything. And I know nothing of this Lebensborn group. What she does is up to her. More, I cannot say.’

Frida now lives in Garboesque seclusion in Fribourg in Switzerland, rarely venturing out – and, at least until now, steadfastly refusing to be drawn into the furore surrounding her birth.Says her spokeswoman: ‘She has been asked several times in the past six or seven years to become involved with the Lebensborn group, but she does not want to.’

..unlike so many of the Lebensborn children, who were denied education and work, she has done well in life. But the mental scars remain, and neither fame nor wealth can eradicate them.

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