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The Lebensborn program - Hitler's most insane creation?

The Lebensborn program was a completely demented creation of Hitler, overseen by Himmler in Nazi Germany. The aim was to create a 'super-race' by organising 'superior specimens' (many who were SS men) to produce children with more or less willing German and other completely unwilling women in occupied countries. The German women apparently agreed to surrender any infants to the German government, where they were raised in orphanages.The Lebensborn program was a completely demented creation of Hitler, overseen by Himmler in Nazi Germany. The aim was to create a 'super-race' by organising 'superior specimens' (many who were SS men) to produce children with, more or less willing German and other completely unwilling women in occupied countries. The German women apparently agreed to surrender any infants to the German government, where they were raised in orphanages.

News Report.

On 27 March 2012, France2 news presented a report on the Lebensborn program, a completely demented creation of Hitler, overseen by Himmler in Nazi Germany. Although most people are aware of some of the horrors of Hitler's regime, and might have heard vaguely of such a program, to see concrete evidence is vastly more shocking. The aim was to actually try to create a 'super-race' by organising 'superior specimens' (many were SS men) to produce children with, more or less willing German women. The women agreed to surrender any infants to the German government, where they were raised in orphanages.

Apparently, in other countries, including France and Norway, which were occupied, women were forced to participate and children were kidnapped. Even worse things happened.


The French news report shows some bizarre pictures of hundreds of babies squalling together in mass nurseries.

Horribly, when Germany lost the war, these mass nurseries were abandoned and the children left to starve and die of exposure. Some survivors were taken care of by the Red Cross.

In the French news report, a 69 year old woman who had her origins in this bizarre and disgusting program, told of how she finished up being saved and raised (until she was adopted) by the Red Cross along with Jewish children who had been destined for euthanasia.


There was at least one such 'creche' in France. There were others elsewhere.

The victims of these terrible social experiments have been torn between the normal longing of an orphan to know who its parents were and the fear of discovering that they were monsters.

The woman interviewed in this French news report said that she was horrified to realise that, in the worst case, she had been conceived in a mad plan to create a master-race to destroy other people.

I guess that the good news is that the children of these deluded parents do not seem to have inherited their awful characteristics after all. These people were truly innocent victims.

According to some reports (see below) children were also kidnapped, experimented on, and euthanased or simply left to starve, even before the war was lost.

Read more in a well written but chilling article by Ron Laytner, "Super Race Babies."

Could something like this happen in Australia today?

What is very disturbing even to this day is that America and Australia turned a blind eye to former Nazis as immigrants when some advantage was perceived in this. Australia as "Sanctuary for Nazi War Criminals Told".

There is so much to be suspicious of in wholesale immigration programs and population engineering, both of which are occurring in Australia as I write. Our country is degenerating into fascism in the sense that our governments openly seek advice from and do the bidding of big business over the democratic wishes of ordinary Australians. We are in the grip of an ideology of 'nation building', imposed from above by power elites.

With regard to the ill-treatment of children, we have a very recent example of the English child-migrants, who were brought out here by Catholic organisations, placed with abusive priests in a monastery, and deprived of education and any knowledge of their real parents, who they were often told were dead. Their own parents frequently did not know what had happened to them and did not give permission for them to be taken out of the country. The film, Oranges and Sunshine, does a remarkable job of exposing what happened.

Anyone seeing this film would then find it relatively easy to believe that Aboriginal children were also stolen from their parents in order to provide cheap servants.

Comments

I also saw this item on the French news. I must have known about it in a vague way as it did not come as a complete surprise. It is recent in the context of human history - 70 years ago years ago. People talk about infanticide in so called "primitive people" but what was this? Unwanted children just left to die.
The program of sending British "orphans" to Australia (and Canada) after the 2nd World war, only to be ill treated and exploited in many cases does not rate as any more more civilised. And what about the "stolen generation" of Aboriginal children taken from their families and adopted into the families of white strangers up until the 1970s. Australia has a strong history of social engineering which is getting into its stride now even though the government said sorry to the Aborigines. When social engineering targets a different set of people it comes back in disguise. Meanwhile the Aborigines are left with the scraps of this continent and the seemingly impossible task of making a fist of it.
The term "nation building" is nauseating and totally misleading. It means the destruction of the unique features of our country- its landscape, its fauna, its freedoms.

What a silly article, several stories from the past woven into one outrageous fable and melded into a cautionary tale for the 21st century, I won't even go into the widespread and widely supported eugenics and population programs of the 20th century, due to the hysterical anti Fascist and anti Soviet propaganda it's also impossible to have a normal conversation on the subject of Lebensborn or the Soviet Family. It's astonishing that an otherwise sensible contributor has bought into spurious anti German hate speech like this, what purpose does it serve?. When a Chinese or Indian couple hands over a baby to be raised by the state it's seen as a tragedy, yet Germans who participated in Lebensborn are monsters?

Germans are not monsters, they never were, they're normal people just like you and I so why the hatred?.
National Socialist Germany was not the cartoon Horror show that's been dreamed up in Hollywood, I suspect the author, like most people has never studied it's history in any depth and only knows the era from fiction such as "Sophie's choice" or "Schindler's List".

Many children were sired by German troops abroad, Anni Frid Lyngstad, of ABBA fame was born to a Norwegian Mother and German Father, they were persecuted after the war and fled to Sweden, there are stories of these little "War children", four and five years old being marched through the main streets of Norweigian towns to be jeered, pelted with Garbage and spat upon.
I'd look a bit closer at the citizens of the occupied countries and Soviet Armies for perpetrators of atrocities against Lebensborn than start pointing the finger at their own parents or the NS government, there's no way they would have abandoned, killed or mistreated the children, it's completely out of character both for that regime and the German people.

Sorry I disappointed you, Jay Douglas.

I wrote that it was a completely demented program of Hitler's, not of the German people. I also said that this program was carried out in other countries, including France. Then I noted how the Australian government had accepted Nazis as immigrants here. Also that the British and Australian governments imported stolen British children here (some of them only four years old). And that aboriginal children were trained to be peoples' servants.

The implication to be drawn is that generally the powerful do these things without even consulting the people. We see today how a big population is being socially engineered in Australia at great cost to the majority of people, who apparently can do nothing. They are beginning to realise what is happening and that it is being done against their will by big business, but they cannot raise their voices against the deadening blanket of growthist press: television, newspaper and radio - public and commercial - and media-dominated two-horse parliamentary elections.

That to me is cut and dried fascism - the marriage of government to big business, with the press the mouthpiece of both and the public reduced to cipher 'customers'.

What's your definition?

You write: "I'd look a bit closer at the citizens of the occupied countries and Soviet Armies for perpetrators of atrocities against Lebensborn than start pointing the finger at their own parents or the NS government, there's no way they would have abandoned, killed or mistreated the children, it's completely out of character both for that regime and the German people."

To say a people have a particular character that would never do something unpleasant is to generalise just a tad.

The German government treated all kinds of Germans appallingly under the 3rd Reich, but so did the Russians, the British, the Japanese... And an awful lot of allies seemed to have used the Nazis against communism and to have been happy to allow Italian communists to die, even fighting on the allied side, rather than see them attain self-government.

So, granted you don't like the way I wrote about it, how would you write about Lebensborn?

Dear Sheila.
I wouldn't discuss Lebensborn at all because I view so called "Reductio ad Hitlerum" arguments to be a cheap tactic and they often veer into simplistic, Straw Man territory, I admire your work and agree with you in principle but you've let yourself down here.
I've studied the 20th century probably as intensively as any interested layperson can and I find few analogues between the treatment of Aboriginals, the government of Australia and the various social or economic programs of the Third Reich.
A better comparison might be the treatment meted out to German civilians by the Allies after the war and the mass de Nazification and indoctrination programs which continue to this day, the Allies after all were "our people" and their actions set the pace of the second half of that century and carry on into the present.
Some further reading on the post War depredations against German civilians:
http://expelledgermans.org/index.html

Dear Jay,

Could I just say that I hope you are not excusing the crimes of Nazism. I can see that the URL you cited says that it is not and it does not appear to be, however it would be good if you could make this clear, since it isn't clear exactly what you disagree with Sheila about.

James Sinnamon

James,
I'm pointing out that the lesson from WW2 which more closely parallels the treatment of Aboriginals would be the expulsion, internment, murder and enslavement of millions of ethnic Germans from Eastern Europe before, during and after the war. I'm also suggesting that anti Fascism is a weak tactic against the regimes presently found across the Western world since they are the complete polar opposite of real Nationalistic or National Socialist political systems, you can't level a charge of Fascism at parties which to a large extent and quite correctly defined themselves in the postwar era as the vanquishers of totalitarianism.
The U.S and British governments and the interest groups underpinning them might more accurately be described as "Totalitarian Humanists" or "Liberal Imperialists", the Neo Conservative movement is an example of the latter, radical, Anti Communist Leftists turned Imperialist Liberals.

The kind of shameful treatment of English Children forcibly taken from their natural mothers and forcibly deported to Australia from the 1950's until the 1980's was alsi inlflictded upon many Irish children as the YouTube broadcast of Calre Daly's recent speech to the Irish Parliament shows.
In the speech Clare Daly asks that children, who have been taken from their parents by the Irish state and adopted by other parents, be given help locating their natural parents and that parents seeking to contact their children be similarly helped.

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