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National socialism--Germany--Thuringia. The women involved, once pregnant, were allowed to remain in the homes during pregnancy and after delivery, at public expense. After an investigation, the rumour was said to have arisen after the holding of certain "enlightenment sessions" on 29 April in the district of Donauworth [Bavaria], municipalities of Oppertshofen and Donaumiinster, to be exact.
Page 4] Police investigation however revealed that the rumours were already in circulation a few weeks earlier. Investigations were continuing 9. What is more, a Leipzig SS-Sturmbannfiihrer received a letter from a young woman requesting information on "the location of any SS 'breeding homes', preferably in the vicinity of Liibeck" She said she had heard of these homes from a friend, an asked them to keep the matter confidential. This letter generated a flurry of frantic activity intended to discover the origins of the "breeding home".
Since the woman gave her name and address, intensive investigations by the higher SS and police leadership Nordsee revealed that the rumour originated with a member of the Air Force Finally, on 24 February , SS Standartenfuhrer Rudolf Brandt, on Himmler's personal staff, heard that the expression "breeding home" had been used by the fiancee of an Air Force lieutenant The NCO was now being interrogated in Munich but had still not provided an answer despite being warned to do so, which "should, under the present circumstances, hardly be anticipated in foreseeable time".
Such rumours continued after the collapse of the Third Reich and served as material for numerous post-war legends.
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The deputy head of the Lebensborn legal department, Hans-Hilmar Staudte, admitted before the Nuremberg Tribunal that women did occasionally contact the Lebensborn with requests for a suitable partner for the procreation of a child, but that all such inquiries were rejected, usually by himself, with the stock answer that the Lebensborn did not handle negotiations of this nature.
Himmler's call for the deliberate procreation of children regardless of wedlock remained without effect.
Access to the homes was prohibited, and such secrecy must necessarily lead to speculation, which then offered rich material for pseudo-scholarly treatment of this chapter of the NS dictatorship. It initially served rather to satisfy a presumed need of the public , whose sexual fantasies were aroused by Lebensborn stories. Interestingly enough, this form of "treatment" occurred in a time in which the moral notions were according to today's standards designated as inhibited.
Lady Chatterly and Lous Hagen's book possessed the same entertainment value for many people. Hagen had for example in his book Follow My Leader publicised a version according to which potential mothers had to wait until the tenth day of their period in a Tegernsee youth hostel, and were then physically examined by a physician after which they were mated with an SS man The latter, acting as stud, had to perform this "patriotic duty" several times a day with different women.
Upon determination of pregnancy, the girl, according to Hagen, could return home or go a Lebensborn home to await delivery. Sensational eports in magazines like Illustrierte Revue or Arthur Brauner's film, Lebensborn, starring Maria Perschy and Joachim Hansen in [Note: Brauner was a Polish-born Jew — born in Warsaw to Jewish parents — who made a total of 13 feature-length films the same year he made this one, an average of one film very three weeks. Naturally, he specialised in the HoaxocoSt, and is almost always described as a "German film producer".
The film was obviously oriented towards publications which could be found in many German media during the early years after the war, such as the Hannover Allgemeine Zeitung of 24 December , which read: "in this [Lebensborn homes] film 'racially valuable high-quality girls' on the basis of a voluntary decision bore the children of Germanic giants, at state expense, without the conclusion of marriage. It was mentioned that it was possible to procreate a perfect nobleman in a biological laboratory" This kind of literature is very profitable.
P] and well-known Berlin film producer Arthur Brauner to provide adventure-filled tales intended chiefly to satisfy the craving for sensation on the part of the public at large. The 4 January edition of Der Spiegel published supplement to Brauner' s film Lebensborn, in which the opening scene was described as follows: "A bull-like SS-Obersturmbannfuhrer struts his stuff before admiring group of BDM girls at a summer camp.
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Completely dedicated? T thank you, comrades! If I now enter you into a list since you are ready to found a new race and to give the Fuhrer a child. Brauner' s advertising strategy was to brag that he possessed the "courage of a German film producer" who dared to depart from the comfortable path of profit-making sob-story film production and "ruthlessly shine a light on the one of the darkest chapters in the history of the Thousand Year Reich".
There could be no question of this, as Der Spiegel noted at that time. The faulty documentation was unable to dampen Brauner' s enthusiasm after the Munich Illustrierte Revue published a Lebensborn report by the serial author Will Berthold.
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Berthold claimed that he had written, not a novel, but "rather, the nearly incredible truth". Now Der Spiegel again: "The bed comrades are selected by the home leader based on 'scientific criteria'. To the question of an SS man: 'Making children has little to do with love, right', the breeder whispers: 'I have nothing against love between suitable partners.
But there's no longer any place for sultry, sensuous eroticism'. Serious consideration of this part of German history only with Georg Lilienthal's study Der Lebensborn e. Instrument nazionalistischer Rassenpolitik in , Ein but even by , when the documentary situation of serious descriptions was fimally possible, many publications caused confusion instead of shedding light,.
Clay had already researched a BBC documentary film and thought she had proved that , blonde, blue-eyed children had been examined and sent to Germany for Germanisation from Poland alone. There were actually many such cases, not just in Poland, but the magnitude alleged by Clay is far from any contact with reality. The questionable "factuality" of the book is apparent from the first few pages of the book.
According to her, on 3 May a man patrol of C- Company of the 86th Infantry Division had gradually but very carefully moved along the main street of Steinhoring. On the edge of the village they stumbled across a Lebensborn home and allegedly found the following: "On the floor of a large sunny room, quite comfortably furnished, they found about forty babies and toddlers, some wailing and some quite silent, some dressed and some almost naked, but all obviously hungry and bewildered. In rooms upstairs were more babies and children, amounting to perhaps three hundred in all, from new-born to the age of six.
There were a few mothers and some who would soon be given birth, as well as a corps of young nurses, many of handsome appearance. The women were sullen and resentful at the Americans' intrusion and would not answer questions addressed to them in German. The soldiers had no way of knowing it then, but they had stumbled across the vestiges of the Nazis' grandiose scheme to populate Europe with a master race of Nordic peoples, specially bred to keep lesser mortals in subservience until gradually eliminating them" Such claims are in no way proven.
The documents on the conditions in the Hochland home in the Landesarchiv Hannover upon the arrival of the Americans show that the above description is untrue. On 21 January , the Los Angeles Times published an article claiming that about 11, children were born in the Lebensborn homes by women "who had been mated with SS-elite officers". Such a claim is pure nonsense. Such "mating" may have occurred in individual cases [although there is no proof of this. P], but not as a rule - and never in the Lebensborn homes. Der Spiegel, "Braute der Fiihrer", no.
The Master Race. London, Munich The truth is: the homes permitted unmarried mothers to give birth to their children in secrecy, and were then allowed to raise them themselves - in the National Socialist sense. A total of over 8, children were born in these homes. The action was later extended to "racially valuable" children from the occupied territories [book not available in English; amazon book blub translated by C.
That its secret could be successfully concealed under the Third Reich attracted a great deal of public curiosity after New legal proceedings before the Hauptspruchkammer [Main De-Nazification Court] of Munich between 14 February and 15 March revealed no new facts, but were followed by the public with great attentiveness 2.
Five years later, the Bundestag also concerned itself with the association, after German Minister for the Interior Schroder was asked for information on the fate of the children formerly entrusted to the Lebensborn homes 3. In the meantime, the Lebensborn, as a topic, proved so popular, according to a series of articles in the Illustrated Review 4 , as to attract the particular attention of the film industry. In , Arthur Brauner [a Warsaw-born Jew who made 13 feature-length films in the same year] produced a film entitled Lebensborn, the kitsch-romantic-erotic content of which specifically and deliberately targeted the public craving for sensation 5.
Authors of imaginative crime fiction in the BDR and DDR, already spoilt by success, now discovered that the mere mention of the word "Lebensborn" produced enough material for highly profitable book sales.
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A publishing house in Munich brought out two similar publications in alone: a "novel based on fact" Lebensborn e. In the same year, German TV stations broadcast a program entitled " Although based on erroneous notions, the programme was characterised by its objectivity. The programme was produced by the French journalists Marc Hillel and Clarissa Henry, who had also attempted to document their research findings by means of the film, accompanied by simultaneous publication of their book Lebensborn e.
All authors, including screenwriters, based their writings on the unproven assumption that the Lebensborn e.