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13 January 2013

The Nazi Nurses Behind The 'Super Race Children': Inside The Aryan Breeding Wards Where Boys And Girls Were Given UV Treatment If Their Hair Turned Brown



By Daily Mail Reporter


Like other wartime nurses, those in Nazi Germany selflessly tended to wounded soldiers in some of the toughest conditions imaginable.  But they also had a more sinister side to their job - assisting with Third Reich's 'experiments' including euthanizing the mentally handicapped and other groups Hitler deemed 'undesirable' and assisting in the creation of 'Super Race Children.'

A collection of harrowing photographs has captured these women, probably in the nursing profession's darkest hour.


Sinister: A nurse gives children of working mothers UV light treatments at a nursery in Berlin, Germany

Sinister: A nurse gives children of working mothers UV light treatments at a nursery in Berlin, Germany


The actions of the Nazi doctors throughout the war are well documented but the actions of the nurses and others who assisted them in their controversial endeavors are often ignored.


Whether they were simply following orders, or trying to help out, or fight for a cause they believed in, these women are part of the diverse history of the nursing profession.

But this collection of photographs captures the occupation in its probably its darkest hours.


Experiments: Nurses put babies under a sunlamp at the NSV, the welfare organization of the Nazi party during World War II

Experiments: Nurses put babies under a sunlamp at the NSV, the welfare organisation of the Nazi party during World War II


Gas mask: A Nazi nurse fits a young girl with a government-issue gasmask, in 1937

Gas mask: A Nazi nurse fits a young girl with a government-issue gasmask, in 1937


Orphans: Three young orphaned homeless German children are led by a nurse to the Lichterfelde children's home, Berlin, in 1945

Orphans: Three young orphaned homeless German children are led by a nurse to the Lichterfelde children's home, Berlin, in 1945


Lebensborn: A nurse at a Lebensborn nursing home tends to children involved in the 'Super Race' project

Lebensborn: A nurse at a Lebensborn nursing home tends to children involved in the 'Super Race' project


Probably the most disturbing project the nurses of Nazi Germany assisted in was the Lebensborn Program, where scientists, on orders of Heinrich Himmler, attempted to breed an elite race of pure Aryans to lead the Third Reich.

Under the horrific plan, children who didn't measure up were sent to concentration camps.

In 1939, the Nazi's went even further, traveling to occupied territories such as Poland to steal hundreds of thousands of Aryan-looking children.


Support: Troop support by nurses of the German Red Cross at a fast train with front vacationers at Saalfeld station, in 1941

 Support: Troop support by nurses of the German Red Cross at a fast train with front vacationers at Saalfeld station, in 1941


Babies: Nurses with the National Socialist People's Welfare checking the health of babies

Babies: Nurses with the National Socialist People's Welfare checking the health of two babies


Assisting the cause: Nazi General Erwin Rommel greets Nazi nurses in 1943

Assisting the cause: Nazi General Erwin Rommel greets nurses in 1943


Flirting: A German nurse chats with an allied war correspondent while stationed at the fighting in France in 1944

Flirting: A German nurse chats with an allied war correspondent while stationed at the fighting in France in 1944


The youngsters were transferred to Lebensborn clinics where they were 'Germanized' and then adopted out to SS families.

Children who refused to be indoctrinated were beaten, and often sent to concentration camps where they were killed.

Nurses performed tasks such as treating brown-haired children's hair with UV light in a bid to make it fairer.

Whether they were simply following orders, or trying to help out, or fighting for a cause they believed in, these nurses are part of the diverse history of the nursing profession.



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