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Case Law 18712/2003 (13/07/2007)

Type: Judgment

Authority: European Authorities: European Court of human rights

Date: 07/13/2007

Subject: The application was brought by 154 Norwegian nationals, four Swedish nationals and one German national – all have a Norwegian mother and a German father and were born during the Second World War. A number of them were registered as children of “Lebensborn”, a Nazi scheme, introduced by Heinrich Himmler in 1935, to create children who were deemed racially and genetically pure. The applicants complained about the treatment they endured as war children, as well as the authorities’ failure to take any remedial measures subsequently. They claimed the violations were continuing in the sense that they were still reminded in negative terms of their origin and value. They relied on Articles 3, 8 and 14 of the Convention. The European Court of Human Rights has declared inadmissible the application

Parties: Thiermann e altri c/ Norvegia

Classification: Dignity - Art. 1 Human dignity - Art. 4 Torture - Inhuman punishments - Degrading punishments - Inhuman treatments - Degrading treatments - Freedoms - Art. 7 Privacy - Equality - Art. 21 Non discrimination