The Lebensborn project was one of most secret and terrifying Nazi projects


"Verein Lebensborn", TaufeChristening of a Lebensborn child, c.1936-1944 [Via]

Folker was given to Nazi parents. Now 67 years old, Folker says he remembers being lined up and the couples would come along and chose their new child like they were choosing a new pet.

Folker’s new father was a Nazi fanatic and was close friends with Himmler. Folker remembers Himmler visiting their home often. Folker’s journey since the war, leading him to find his real mother’s grave in the Crimea, has been made into a new documentary.

After the war the Lebensborn were persecuted, with their mothers labelled German whores, and the Norwegian government even attempted to deport thousands to Australia just to get rid of them.

Suicide among Lebensborn was extremely high and the children were prone to mental disabilities as well as alcoholism, excessive drug use and crime.

397px-Bundesarchiv_Bild_146-1969-062A-56,_-Verein_Lebensborn-,_TaufeChristening of a Lebensborn child, c.1936-1944 [Via]

Anni-Frid Lyngstad, the Abba singer, was born from a Norwegian mother and German soldier father. Her family fled to Sweden where their secret was unknown.

Those who remained in their towns and villages were often beaten and raped. Priests even suggested that the Lebensborn should be sterilised to prevent them creating a Nazi race, the Mail Online reports.

A group of Lebensborn just last year launched a campaign in the European Court of Human Rights to seek compensation from the Norwegian government for their treatment in the post-war years.

The case was dismissed and they were offered a one off payment of a few thousand Euros.