In a country still reeling from the after-effects of World War One, this was easier said than done. With a shortage of men to marry, many unwed women were choosing to terminate their pregnancies. In fact, the rate of abortions had risen to some 800,000 a year.
In order to combat this issue, the Nazis launched a project known as Lebensborn. Meaning “Fount of Life,” the aim of this program was to increase the number of Aryan children being born to those who Nazi ideology deemed racially pure.