A CHANGE OF PACE WITH THIS SUBJECT. It will not be news that will cheer up readers. In fact, it is depressing and sick as hell. But it is interesting, if only to illustrate the scope of man's depravity and inhumanity to man.
I spotted this subject on THE MILITARY CHANNEL -- an in-depth probe into the excesses of the Nazi Regime during the 1930s and 1940s. As Hitler, who at this stage was touted as the "Savior", launched ever more disturbing and perverted policies, the young people of Germany were swept into programs designed to create a "pure" race, providing fodder for Der Fuehrer's legions and the coming of the Aryan Millenium.
In lock step with these objectives was the destruction of the established faiths -- notably Christianity. In this regard, Hitler's excesses and perverted personal ambitions changed the world -- for the worse.
America and our allies paid dearly in blood and money, but with our resolve and commitment we put a stop to that crap. I am proud of that.
It is interesting to me that many modern-day scholars no longer see Adolf Hitler as some depraved Teutonic Lone Ranger riding on a white stallion to dupe and lead mindless Germany's masses into his own personal nightmare.
No, they see a Germany at the time as in many ways willing to experiment with Hitler's Nazi Empire -- with all of its dangers and horrors -- complicit en masse in the insane measures which killed millions of people -- in gas chambers and on battlefields throughout Europe. Some claim that economic concerns drove Germany into Hitler's arms. That didn't make it right.
They say, and I am becoming increasingly convinced of this, that Hitler and the Germans of the time were made for one another. And knew it.
I hate to take up a topic like this that draws our attention away from communism and radical Islam. But maybe this will serve a purpose.
Please read on:
SS and Lebensborn
The SS became involved in making social policy for the German Reich. In December 1935, using private funding but within the institutional framework of the SS Race and Settlement Main Office, the SS established the Lebensborn (Fount of Life) Society. Lebensborn was to care for children born out of wedlock to racially “suitable” women. Special Lebensborn homes provided a viable option to unwed mothers who might otherwise seek abortions (for which the Nazi regime increased criminal penalties in 1933). The homes offered a protective atmosphere in which the women could have their babies and even raise them if they so chose. Himmler estimated that the SS could save at least 100,000 babies from being aborted during pregnancy.
The ideological basis for Lebensborn corresponded to Nazi social policy encouraging families to have large numbers of children: more racially suitable babies meant more racially suitable and superior soldiers and eventual unlimited expansion of the so-called German master race. During the war, the SS leadership reassured SS men serving at the front that not only their legitimate children but any illegitimate children (and their mothers) would be cared for in Lebensborn homes. Himmler and Deputy Nazi party chief Rudolf Hess were even prepared to urge German women to choose to conceive and bear children out of wedlock for the sake of the Reich, but this overt assault on the institution of marriage in name of the biological expansion of the race was too radical even for Nazi society in time of war.
This was the beginning of the so-called "Master Race" -- conceived and generated to be the purest, strongest, most intelligent, most handsome in an Aryan ideal, most psychologically pliable and easy to manipulate, least principled least moral people on earth.
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Heinrich Himmler wanted to breed 'pure white' chickens while running a farm. After becoming the leader of the SS, he wanted to do the same with humans. SS men searched occupied lands for blond kids for the Lebensborn program, and SS officers were told to mate with suitable German girls and to father children with Scandinavian women. These Aryan babies were born into a life of privilege. They were baptised in a unique SS ceremony: Cradled beneath a SS dagger, oaths were said on their behalf promising lifelong loyalty to Nazi ideology. After the war they were hated: chained up with a dog in the yard, or thrown into the river to "see if the witch would drown or float".
Folker Heinecke spent 34 years researching his family history before discovering that two soldiers came to his village in the Crimea and seized him under the German Lebensborn (Fount of Life) programme. The Lebensborn organization, set up by SS boss Heinrich Himmler, aimed to populate the Third Reich with racially pure people. One part of the plan involved SS men mating with suitable German women. Another involved stealing kids who fitted the Nazi racial stereotype of blue-eyed, blonde, Nordic super-beings who could be Germanised. "I do not want to die unhappily, like so many Lebensborn children. Just to stand at the grave of my real mother, that will be enough."
They were the blue-eyed blonds born into an ominous SS scheme to further the Aryan race. But the defeat of the Nazi Germany left Norway's 'Lebensborn' (the spring of life) facing the payback of an entire nation. Here, 5 war children speak about their ordeal: and their fight for compensation. The Lebensborn Society was born on 12 Dec. 1935, the brainchild of Heinrich Himmler. He had planned a project to promote an "Aryan future" for the Third Reich and turn around a falling birth rate. People were given motivators to have more children in the Fatherland, and also in occupied countries, like in Scandinavia, where the Nordic gene was regarded Aryan.
A book about Hitler's Lebensborn programme shows the Nazis kidnapped thousands of children from occupied countries to fill the demand for future manpower. Lebensborn, Fount of Life, is often thought to be just a breeding programme where S.S. "studs" mated with suitable female specimens and 9 months later the offspring were turned over to the state. These were supposed to grow up to be standard bearers of Hitler's "New Order." But historian Volker Koop says in "Give a Child to the Fuehrer - the Lebensborn Organisation" that the SS-run group kidnapped thousands from occupied lands and murdered those that racial "experts" deemed "unfit for Germanisation".
On a April morning in 1944, 6yo Alodia Witaszek was combed and scrubbed, sitting in the children`s home that had primed her for membership in Adolf Hitler`s master race. Over the past year she had been snatched from her family, gone hungry in a camp and been beaten for speaking Polish. Now she had a German name, "Alice Wittke," and a new German mother. "Guten tag, Mutti!" she called in flawless German to the young woman approaching her. Only years later would she discover the truth: she was among 250 children seized from their families as part of a Nazi attempt to improve the Aryan gene pool in pursuit of racial purity.
In 1935, Nazi SS-leader Heinrich Himmler launched the "Lebensborn" program to breed a blond-haired blue-eyed master race. After decades of discrimination, 150 surviving Lebensborn children, all with a German father and Norwegian mother, have come forward to ask for compensation from Norway, before the European Court of Human Rights. During the years of Nazi occupation in Norway, a half million German soldiers were urged to father children with "pure blood" Norwegian women - "descendants of the Vikings" - thus, helping create a master race. In Oslo's Nazi Resistance Museum, there's no mention of the Lebensborn children - "war children".
The victims of a Nazi scheme claim they were locked up in mental homes, denied education and faced decades of prejudice. Now a group of Norwegian "war children", born as part of a German plan to create a genetically pure race, are taking their case to the European court, demanding compensation and recognition of their suffering. Up to 12,000 children with a Norwegian mother and a German father were born in Norway during world war II under the Lebensborn (Fountain of Life) scheme, introduced by SS chief Heinrich Himmler in 1935 to propagate Aryan children. Outside Nazi Germany, Norway was the jewel of the programme.
Anne-Lise Fredriksen was walking one day when her husband told her to straighten up so her back wouldn't ache later. To his shock, she burst into tears. Her husband's remark had dredged up a far darker memory, from the time when she was a girl growing up in Norway. Because her father had been a Nazi soldier during the occupation of Norway in World War II, children threw rocks at her, adults chased her away from public gatherings. She is one of 9,000 to 12,000 Norwegian children part of the Nazis' Lebensborn program, begun by SS chief Heinrich Himmler to increase the supply of blond-haired, blue-eyed "Aryan" children.
After decades of silence the children of the Lebensborn program to create a master race have started to speak out. Topic number one is the search for their true parents. They were bred to be the elite of Adolf Hitler's 1,000-year Reich but ended up cowed by shame and alienation. Some 8,000 were born in Nazi Germany and 12,000 in Norway as part of Lebensborn, formed by SS leader Heinrich Himmler to encourage women of "pure blood" to bear blond, blue-eyed offspring. Guntram Weber found out that his father was an SS major-general convicted of war crimes and sentenced to death in 1949. He had escaped to South America and died in 1970.
Christened in an SS ritual in which the SS dagger was held over them: A group representing thousands of people born under the Lebensborn programme of Heinrich Himmler met in Wernigerode to share experiences and help each other to trace their true parents — who were often committed Nazis. Most Lebensborn records were burnt at the end of the World War 2. "Many women swore the SS oath ‘My honour is loyalty` which still seems to play a role in their lives. They`d rather die than tell the truth." There were 14 Lebensborn clinics, and about 8,000 children were born in Germany and 12,000 in occupied Norway.
Folker Heinicke always had the feeling that something about his upbringing just wasn't right. Being raised in a German home full of wealth did not dull his notions that something was missing, but it would be decades before he would learn the truth: he was the child of a Nazi program to strengthen the German race with Aryan blood. Known as "Lebensborn Kinder" they were the product of parents chosen for their traits to breed Hitler's idealized blue-eyed, blonde-haired Aryan race. For the last four years, Heinicke and 40 other children raised in the Nazi program have met. Now for the first time, they told their stories in public.
Norwegian women who slept with German soldiers during the WW2 and have been denied a special pension ever since as punishment are finally to be forgiven. Known as "tysketöser", German whores, they have until now been excluded from the war pension paid to all who remained true to "good national principles" during the occupation. Now Norway's government has quietly reversed its policy of discrimination against the women and will start paying the money to the few dozen still left. "These women are no longer to be punished for the love stories of their youth that took place 60 years ago."
Between 1935 and 1945, around 10,000 German and 9,000 Norwegian children with "Aryan" characteristics of blond hair and blue eyes were born into a Nazi-run programme called "Lebensborn" or "Fountain of Life". It was part of the Nazis' plan to create a "master race". 60 years later, many are still living with the psychological scars. Gisela Heidenreich was born out of an affair with an SS commander. Her mother also worked as a secretary for Lebensborn. Heinrich Himmler encouraged affairs between SS soldiers and Aryan women, to increase the stock of "racially valuable" Germans in response to falling birth rates.
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