HISTORICAL NOTES: Himmler's Fountain

Among the top Nazis, Heinrich Himmler was the leading racial fanatic. As Reichsfuhrer and SS chief, he personally set up the Lebensborn (Fountain of Life) program in 1935 to turn the German population into a superrace through selective breeding. Thousands of carefully selected German women were encouraged to have intercourse with SS men, who were presumed to be among the racial as well as the political elite. Once pregnant, the women were signed into one of twelve special maternity centers, where they received lavish medical and personal care. When one of his "new breed" babies got sick, Himmler would fret...

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