In 1944, a young, married German officer, Alfred Haase, met Synni Lyngstad and gave her a sack of potatoes (which were apparently rare in Norway) and in return, she gave him some whale meat. Nine months after this beautiful courting ritual -- pulled right out of a Matthew McConaughey/Kate Hudson rom-com -- Frida was born, just one of around 12,000 "Tyskerbarnas," or "German bastards."
After Norway was liberated, the Tyskerbarnas and their mothers, known as Tyskerhoren (you can probably guess what that means), were universally detested. The Tyskerbarnas were treated with unspeakable cruelty, and the Norwegian government first tried to deport them to Germany, and then Australia, because that's just where people you don't want to look at anymore go, apparently. When the deportation schemes failed, Norway simply shoved most of those innocent children in mental institutions, and pretended the rest didn't exist.
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That's probably why she started dressing like this. Just try ignoring those pants.
Frida was run out of her village, along with her mother and grandmother, when she was just 18 months old. They fled to neighboring Sweden, where Frida's mother soon died from kidney failure, leaving Frida to be raised by her grandmother. Frida was told that her Nazi father had perished when his ship was sunk on its way back to Germany, but -- as she eventually discovered -- this was a blatant lie. Sergeant Alfred Haase survived the war, and was alive and well the entire time. Haase and his world-famous daughter met for the first time in 1977, but they were sadly never able to form a lasting relationship. Probably due to the whole evil genocide thing. Or maybe he just wasn't into disco. We don't know.