During World War Two around 12,000 blue-eyed, blond children were kidnapped by the Nazi’s elite security service, the SS.
The children were kidnapped as part of the Nazi’s grand plan to create a super Aryan race. They were known as the Lebensborn or The Fount of Life.
All of the children had blond hair and bright blue eyes, and included children as young as two to three years old.
It was Heinrich Himmler, the head of the SS, who was obsessed with creating the super race of blue-eyed, blond-haired people. Himmler had been fanatical about breeding the perfect master race, and even experimented with animals and tried to breed a pure white chicken.
The Aryan race was to replace the millions of Jewish people who had been interned or killed in the German concentration camps.
A Lebensborn birth house [Via]
Folker Heinecke was one of the children taken from his mother at just four years old. Until 1942 Folker had been born and brought up with his family in the Crimea. The SS first took him to a German medical institute, where he underwent measurements and checks for his suitability.
Folker became a member of the Lebensborn. This was Himmler’s breeding programme for the master race that would secure Hitler’s vision of a thousand year Reich.
The programme called for both the kidnapping of suitable children from within German-occupied Europe, as well as creating breeding clinics where SS officer were required to mate with suitably chosen German women.
Then in northern Europe’s Scandinavian countries, where the Aryan race characteristics were, and still are, widespread, SS officers were told to mate with local women, regardless of whether they were already married.
Those born into the ‘Lebensborn’ were baptised at a special SS ceremony, where they were bound to the Nazi ideology for life.
The children and their mothers were treated like royalty. They were given the finest accommodation, homes, food and clothing. Children without families were housed in special orphanages, and then given to rich Nazi families to bring up.