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The Lebensborn Program Headed By Heinrich Himmler

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Could you imagine yourself being born just to be part of an inferior race than everyone else? Can you picture in your mind how that would feel to find out years later that you were basically created for someone and that you may not even know who your parents even are? That you basically wake up one day realizing that who you thought you were is just lie. The Lebensborn Program was meant to be an advancement of the Reich; however it just turned out to be the foolishness of a ruling dictator and his party. There is a misunderstanding when it comes to the Lebensborn program and what it was. Many people think of the program that it wasn’t just about killing Jews it was to eradicate the genetic ability to come forward and those that were going to breed to do it well. There must be more insight to “The Lebensborn Program:” Heinrich Himmler was head of the SS. He was a secretive man who was perfect for the job of creating the Lebensborn project. It was during the year 1935 in December that the program was created. This was in fact the same year that the “Nuremberg Laws were outlawing intermarriage with Jews and others who were deemed inferior” (The Nazi Party). The birthrate of Germany was decreasing, these made Himmler have a goal to reverse the decline and increase the Germanic population to 120 million. It was during his time that he encouraged SS and Wehrmacht officers to have children with women of Aryan decent. “Himmler believed that these children that were part of this program would then grow up to lead a Nazi nation.” (The Nazi Party)
The Lebensborn program stood for the “fountain of life”, the programs purpose was to offer young girls who were considered “racially pure” the possibility to give birth to a child in secret. The children were then given to the SS organization which then took over in the child’s education and pass a test that showed whether they had “racial purity” which meant if they had blond hair and blue eyes were preferred, and the family license had to be traced back at least three generations. Out of all the women forty percent passed the test and were admitted into the program. From the start of the program women were taken to the SS nurseries, however in demand to generate a higher race the nurseries were changed into meeting places for “racially pure.” This was where German women who wanted to meet and have the children with officers of the SS. The program gave the livelihood for expectant mothers who were wed, or unwed, by then providing a home to have their children and be able to feel comfortable and safe. The first lebensborn home created was in the year 1936 in a small town called Steinhaering; Munich was not far from it. “There were a total of ten homes throughout Germany, nine in Norway, two in Austria and then one home each in Belgium, Holland, France, Luxembourg, and Denmark” (The Nazi Party). Himmler took an important interest with these homes, not only picking the mothers, also looking into the decor and even...

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