Secret Nazi Lebensborn children go public
Key Excerpts from Article on Website of MSNBC/Associated Press
Posted: November 1st, 2011
Folker Heinicke always had the feeling that something about his upbringing just wasnt right. Raised in a German home full of wealth and privilege did not dull his notions that something was missing, but it would be decades before he would learn the full truth: he was the child of a Nazi program to strengthen the German race with Aryan blood. He and other children known as Lebensborn Kinder or source of life kids were the product of parents chosen for their traits to breed Hitlers idealized blue-eyed, blonde-haired Aryan race. The Lebensborn program was the mirror opposite of the Nazis other, more hideous racial experiments. While millions of Jews and others deemed undesirable, were slaughtered, these children were carefully selected for their Aryan qualities and brought into the world in comfortable surroundings, well away from the Allied bombing raids. Of the estimated 5,000 to 8,000 born into Lebensborn homes in Germany, some were raised by their birth mothers, but many were given over to families of high-ranking SS officers to be raised according to Nazi doctrine.