The kidnapping marketing campaign of Nazi Germany | DW Documentary

The kidnapping campaign of Nazi Germany | DW Documentary
On orders from Heinrich Himmler, the Nazis kidnapped kids from Poland for pressured Germanization. Hermann Lüdeking, Jozef Sowa and Alodia Witaszek have by no means met, however they shared the identical destiny.

Tears nonetheless come to Jozef Sowa’s eyes when he talks about his life. His mother and father have been murdered by Wehrmacht troopers in Poland in 1943, and he and his 4 siblings have been taken to Germany. 4 of them managed to return to Poland. However his youthful sister Janina was given up for adoption -- as a supposedly German little one. She nonetheless lives in Germany at this time. This kidnapping was deliberate. In 1941, Himmler, who headed the Nazi SS, gave the order to “collect younger kids who’re particularly racially appropriate from Polish households and for us to lift them in particular modestly-sized kindergartens and youngsters’s houses.”

Professor Isabel Heinemann explains, “By so doing, he aimed to construct up the German race.” For years, the historian has been researching the fates of the estimated 50 thousand kids in Europe who have been snatched. The most important group comes from Poland. With out their organic mother and father to guard them, the kids got to German households by the “SS Race and Resettlement Primary Workplace.” Their names and dates of beginning have been modified to obscure their true identification.

After the battle ended, these whose origins could possibly be traced returned to their homelands. However their native nations had typically turn into overseas to them and being singled out as a German “Hitler little one” made reintegration tough. These liable for the kidnapping have been by no means delivered to justice.

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