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MIPCOM Picks 2013: “The Nazi Nurseries”

In this documentary, several of the children of the notorious "Lebensborn" program conducted during World War II are sharing their stories to illuminate one of the darkest initiatives of the Third Reich.
September 1, 2013

Partners: Produced by Nilaya Productions in association with France Télévisions and Planète+, distributed by ZED

Length: 1 x 52 minutes

Premiered: June 2013

Rights available: All rights worldwide

During World War II, the Nazis created a secret breeding program called “Lebensborn” (or “fountain of life”), spearheaded by Heinrich Himmler and intended to create an Aryan “master race.” Over the span of a decade, from 1935 to 1945, the program resulted in the birth of near 10,000 German children and an estimated 9,000 Norwegian children, fathered by male SS officers, born in special nurseries and with all records of their genetic parents erased. Now, some 70 years later, several of the children of the Lebensborn program are sharing their stories to illuminate one of the darkest initiatives of the Third Reich.

About The Author
Managing editor with realscreen publication, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Darah is an award-winning journalist who has spent over two decades covering a wide range of issues from real estate and urban development to immigration, politics and human rights, primarily with The Vancouver Sun. Prior to joining realscreen, she was editor of Stream Daily, realscreen's sister publication covering the dynamic global digital video industry. She also served a stint as a war reporter in Afghanistan for television and print, and was a national business blogger with Yahoo Canada.

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