criticism of Norwegian child protection from the president
of the Czech Republic
by Jan Simonsen
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This article was
originally published in Norwegian
on Jan Simonsen's blog "Frie
Expressions") on 10 February 2015.
It is published here with the author's generous consent.
Translation by Marianne Haslev Skånland
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live show with president Zeman, the president ventured into
the questions around the Norwegian social services, which
since 2011 have held the sons of Eva Michaláková on account
of abuse from the father. The president compared the
Norwegian system to Nazi camps," writes Czech newspaper
Blesk. This has made VG wake up.
In the article
Tsjekkias president sammenligner norsk
barnevern med nazi-program (President
of the Czech Republic compares Norwegian child protection
to Nazi program), the paper VG for the first time writes
about the huge outcry which the Norwegian child protection
case has caused in the Czech Republic – which we have
written about several times earlier on Frie Ytringer (Free
Expressions). The Czech national assembly has previously
asked the Czech prime minister to demand an explanation
from Norway of why the Czech mother has not got her
children back. And Christian Democrat politician Tomáš
Zdechovský has taken the case up in the European
According to Czech radio today, the Czech Republic will
continue to put diplomatic pressure on Norway in connection
with the case, Czech prime minister Bohuslav Sobotka told
the mother Eva Michaláková in a meeting earlier today.
A representative of the Czech child welfare office in Brno
will visit Norway in the next few days to discuss an
increase in the mother's visitation with her children and
to make sure that the boys are taught Czech language. He
will also convey a Czech promise that the boys' welfare
will be monitored if they are returned to the Czech
The president of the Czech Republic now compares Norwegian
child protection to the Nazi program Lebensborn, which was
established by Heinrich Himmler during the second world war
to further racial hygiene and strengthen the Nordic race.
He points to the mother only being allowed to meet with her
children a couple of times a year for a few minutes, and
not being allowed to speak Czech with the children.
The Czech social-democrat president, Miloš Zeman, is known
not to mince matters. He has previously blamed Islam for
the killings of several Jews outside a museum in Brussels
in May of last year, and has shown himself as a staunch
friend of Israel, with a controversial proposal of moving
the Czech embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.