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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
Selina Chignall joins the realscreen team as a staff writer. Prior to working with rs, she covered lobbying activity at Hill Times Publishing. She also spent a year covering the Hill as a journalist with iPolitics. Her beat focused on youth, education, democratic reform, innovation and infrastructure. She holds a Master of Arts in Journalism from Western University and a Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto.

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