Himmler's Children

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Himmler's Children

Lebensborn and Racial Politics

Photos:200 mono illustrations
Publisher:Pen and Sword Military
Item No. 9781399080552

The Nazis’ dream was to populate their future Greater-German Reich exclusively with ‘racial valuable’ people and Himmler became the main executor of this gruesome and unimaginable plan. For this purpose, millions of ‘inferior’ people had to be expelled or killed, while as many men, women and children of Germanic descent as possible had to be brought together in the territory of the Third Reich.Children were the key players in Himmler’s sinister plans, and the Lebensborn program exploited luxurious maternity homes, led by SS-officers, for selected women with the required Aryan features. The pregnant women, often not married, and the fathers of their future children, usually members of the SS, had to comply with very strict racial requirements: Himmler considered their offspring as the future nobility of the Germanic empire.Obsessed with racial purity and birth rates, the Lebensborn program fell directly under Himmler's personal control, and arguably became his favorite project. He spent hours drawing up selection criteria, regulations and dietary requirements, personally studying the files of mothers and children and using his private aircraft to transport them to other Lebensborn establishments. The organization was active throughout Germany and the occupied Western European countries, and was also involved in the abduction of 'Aryan' children from Eastern and Central Europe. On Himmler’s orders, tens of thousands of blond, blue-eyed children in Poland, Slovenia, the Czech Republic and other countries were abducted for ‘Germanisation’, partly in Lebensborn children’s homes. Himmler was so absorbed by the racial delusion, he was convinced this policy served a dual purpose: by abducting the ‘superior’ children, he robbed the subjected countries of their future leaders, while at the same time, strengthening the ‘Germanic race’.