Fisher snags monster halibut off Norway

A German sport fisherman recently made the catch of his life – a monster halibut nearly two-and-a-half metres long weighing 194 kilos.

Fisher snags monster halibut off Norway
Photo: DPA

The 45-year-old Christian Johannsen from North Friesland pulled in the gigantic fish after an epic four-hour battle in the Barents Sea off the coast of Norway.

“Every fisher dreams about this, it’s like winning the lottery,” the bank employee said.

The hobby angler barely managed to haul the fish aboard his tiny boat with the help of two friends.

Once on land, the halibut was weighed and measured before being carved up and distributed.

Johannsen, who reportedly couldn’t lift his arms for two days after the catch, said his wife had told him to bring back halibut.

“Oh she’ll get a big piece,” he told Die Welt newspaper. “We could never fit it all in the plane – and the pilot would look pretty funny if we came on board carrying a 200-kilo halibut.”

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Norway apologizes to mistreated war-time ‘German girls’

Norway's government on Wednesday officially apologized to Norwegian women targeted for reprisals by authorities for having intimate relations with German soldiers during the country's war-time occupation.

Norway apologizes to mistreated war-time 'German girls'
Norway's Prime Minister Erna Solberg. Photo: DPA

Between 30,000 to 50,000 Norwegians, labelled “German girls”, had intimate relations with occupying troops during World War II, according to conservative estimates from Norway's Centre for Holocaust and Minorities Studies.

Many of these woman were subject to reprisals by officials after the 1945 liberation from Nazi occupation, including illegal arrests and detentions, job dismissals and even being stripped of their nationality.

“Young Norwegian girls and woman who had relations with German soldiers or were suspected of having them, were victims of undignified treatment,” Norway's Prime Minister Erna Solberg said.

“Today, in the name of the government, I want to offer my apologies,” the premier said at an event to mark the 70th anniversary of the UN's universal declaration of human rights.

More than 70 years after the end of WWII, very few of the women remain alive and the official apology is unlikely to open the way for financial reparations for their families.

During the war, more than 300,000 German soldiers occupied Norway, a neutral country the Nazis invaded on April 9, 1940.

“We cannot say women who had personal relations with German soldiers were helping the German war effort,” said historian Guri Hjeltnes, the director of the Holocaust and Minorities Studies centre.

“Their crime was breaking unwritten rules and moral standards,” Hjeltnes said. “They were punished even more harshly than the war profiteers.”

None of the estimated 28 Norwegian men married to German women during the war were expelled or had their nationality taken away from them, the historian said.

In 2000, Olso formally apologised to the 10,000 to 12,000 children born to Norwegian mothers and German soldiers, who also suffered reprisals.