50 Years After Being Snatched By The Nazis, This Woman Learned The Sinister Truth Of Her Childhood

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At just nine months old, Oelhafen was separated from her mother under the guise of being taken for medical tests. In reality, Nazi examiners were checking for children deemed suitable to become part of the Lebensborn program, a sinister operation designed to boost the population of Hitler’s master race.

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First launched in 1935, the Lebensborn, or Fount of Life, program aimed to increase the birth rate of those that the Nazis considered racially pure. At first, the Lebensborn centers were conceived as maternity clinics where officers’ wives could give birth.

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