Hitler's Forgotten Children

Hitler's Forgotten Children

[a True Story of the Lebensborn Program and One Woman's Search for Her Real Identity]

Book - 2016
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"Created by Heinrich Himmler, the Lebensborn program abducted as many as half a million children from across Europe. Through a process called Germanization, they were to become the next generation of the Aryan master race in the second phase of the Final Solution. In the summer of 1942, parents across Nazi-occupied Yugoslavia were required to submit their children to medical checks designed to assess racial purity. One such child, Erika Matko, was nine months old when Nazi doctors declared her fit to be a 'Child of Hitler.' Taken to Germany and placed with politically vetted foster parents, Erika was renamed Ingrid von Oelhafen. Many years later, Ingrid began to uncover the truth of her identity. Though the Nazis destroyed many Lebensborn records, Ingrid unearthed rare documents, including Nuremberg trial testimony about her own abduction. Following the evidence back to her place of birth, Ingrid discovered an even more shocking secret: a woman named Erika Matko, who as an infant had been given to Ingrid's mother as a replacement child. Hitler's Forgotten Children is both a harrowing personal memoir and a devastating investigation into the awful crimes and monstrous scope of the Lebensborn program"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Berkley Caliber, 2016
Edition: First U.S. edition
ISBN: 9780425283325
0425283321
Branch Call Number: 940.53497 O287h 2016
Characteristics: ix, 275 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, plates ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Tate, Tim - Author

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Cynthia_N Apr 26, 2017

There is so much information about the Nazi regime and the terror they caused but this was a new one for me. I had never heard about the Lebensborn program. Ingrid was taken from her parents and placed in the Lebensborn program for "Germanization" because her features matched the German ideal. Very interesting read!

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RobBanks4
Apr 15, 2016

A fascinating account of a child of the Lebensborn program. I learned a lot about a little known part of history. The writing is somewhat repetitive but it helps you feel her tortuous journey to discover the true story of her childhood.

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