Oxfam Bookshop New Milton
Used, very good condition, hard cover with dust jacket.
In the run up to the Second World War, Heinrich Himmler embarked on Lebensborn, his obsessive programme to populate the Thousand Year German Reich with pure-blooded Aryan men and women - while the death camps were disposing of Jews, homosexuals and the other'sub-humans' enumerated by Hitler in 'Mein Kampf'. Young women who displayed regular Aryan features, and could prove their descent over several untainted generations, were encouraged to bear the children of member of the SS security service whether or not they were married to them. The births took place in secret Lebensborn homes and between 1935 and 1945 an estimated 11,000 Aryan babies were born in Nazi occupied countries. But the dream did not stop there. When the Germans invaded Poland, Himmler's SS discovered many blonde, blue-eyed Polish children - the image of the ideal Aryan. Himmler had an estimated 200,000 of them stolen as they walked home from school or played in village squares. They were transported to camps and tested to gauge their racial quality. If they passed they were first 'Germanised' and then place with good Nazi families; those who did not measure up were used as forced labour or sent to camps that specialised in killing children. Now, some of these 'perfect Aryans' tell their stories, recalling the shock and confusion of discovering their real backgrounds and the emotional scars they have never been able to obliterated. This is a moving investigation of the tragic history of racial hygiene and Nazi eugenics, and of the innocent victims of a fanatically-pursued ideology.
The dust jacket is a little creased along the edges and there is a little bumping to the top corners and the top of the spine. The hard cover, has a little bumping to the top corners but is otherwise in good condition. The pages are clean ans unmarked. The book contains 16 pages of black and white photographs.
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