Master Race: The Lebensborn Experiment in Nazi Germany

TitleMaster Race: The Lebensborn Experiment in Nazi Germany
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication1995
AuthorsClay, Catherine, and Michael Leapman
Number of Pages288
PublisherHodder and Stoughton
CityReading, UK

Lebensborn e.V. was an organization, founded in 1935 by the  SS, the Nazi Schutzstaffel (Protection Squadron) in Nazi Germany It pursued the goals of creating a '"racially pure" and  "healthy" Aryan elite. The  Lebensborn provided welfare to its mostly unmarried mothers, encouraged anonymous births by singe women at their maternity homes, and mediated  adoption of these children by likewise "racially pure" and "healthy" parents, particularly SS members and their families. During World War II, the Lebensborn beame part of the "Germanization" project of the Nazis in the occupied territories. This study focuses on the many Polish children who were stolen from their families by the Nazis as part of the "Lebensborn"  "Germanization" program. These children were brought into Lebensborn homes first and then were adopted by Nazi parents. This book investigates the history of  the Lebensborn and presents interviews with some of the Polish children whose lives were ruined by the war.

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