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“Lebensborn” was a special Aryan breeding Programm established in 1935, the brainchild of Heinrich Himmler, head of the SS. He wanted to breed what he considered racially “superior children”.
Himmler regarded the Norwegians with their blue eyes and blond hair as especially aryan and pure.
The aim of the programme was to entrust leadership of Norway to these “Aryans” after the war, or to have them and their mothers move to Germany to bring more Nordic blood into the German Reich.
Incentives for bearing Aryan children
Every pregnant Norwegian woman who could prove her child’s Aryan ancestry was entitled to financial support or a privileged treatment in maternity homes. They could also leave their children in special homes called “Lebensborn”, where the children received special nutrition and an education which reflected the Nazi way of thinking.
The program was also set up in other German occupied countries such as Belgium, France and Luxembourg. Altogether, Himmler established more than 20 Lebensborn institutions.