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Hitler's Forgotten Children


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* The first full account in English from a survivor of the Lebensborn programme, now in paperback.; * Ingrid's quest to discover her real identity is relayed in a gripping narrative that takes readers into the heart of the Lebensborn and the secrets of Germany's past.; * Personal story is supplemented by extensive archival research.; * Asks difficult questions about race and identity, at a time when the resurgence of nationalism and racial politics are dividing Europe.

Table of Contents

Contents; Preface ix; ONE August 1942 1; TWO Year Zero 7; THREE Escape 23; FOUR Home 31; FIVE Identity 45; SIX Walls 59; SEVEN Source of Life 71; EIGHT Bad Arolsen 83; NINE The Order 99; TEN Hope 109; ELEVEN Traces 115; TWELVE Nuremberg 135; THIRTEEN Rogaska Slatina 151; FOURTEEN Blood 167; FIFTEEN Pure 173; SIXTEEN Taken 193; SEVENTEEN Searching 209; EIGHTEEN Peace 219; Afterword 227; Acknowledgements 229; Index 233; About the authors 241

About the Author

Ingrid von Oelhafen is a former physical therapist living in Osnabruck, Germany. For more than 20 years she has been investigating her own extraordinary story and that of Lebensborn. She is in contact with other Lebensborn survivors and has been invited to give talks in schools about the programme and its effects on those who were part of it.

Tim Tate is a multi-award-winning documentary filmmaker and author. In 2013 he produced and directed Lebensborn: Children of the Master Race, which was broadcast on Channel 5. He is the author of twelve books, including the best-selling Slave Girl (John Blake, 2009).


"An emotional read... engagingly written... by experiencing the distance and loneliness of von Oelhafen's youth with her, it's much easier to empathise with the tragic situation of hundreds of children during Hitler's reign." -- All About History magazine; "Every person I have told about this book has immediately gone to buy it and I encourage everyone else to do so as it is a story that needs to be told, much like the Holocaust needed to be told." -- CountryWives.co.uk; "Eminently readable, a perfect mixture of personal discovery and a historical backdrop that both fascinates and horrifies" - BeingAnne.com; "Heartbreaking ... a compelling and addictive read" -- thequietknitterer.wordpress.com; "Sobering ... I learned much about the history of post-war Germany along with the complicated process of missing identity. The story flows well and Ingrid is a fascinating raconteur; her resolute determination to find out the truth is a credit to both her strength of purpose and utter resilience ... inspirational" -- jaffareadstoo.blogspot.co.uk; "In an age when it takes a lot to shock Western audiences, there is still shock to be found in true stories. And Ingrid's story is a true one. Hitler's Forgotten Children ... will stay in your head for a long time once you close the final pages." -- MadamJMo, blogger; "Shocking... I had to take some quiet time after reading it just to process what I had learned. This is a hugely important book which anyone with an interest in the Third Reich, or who cares about the damaging impact of supremacist politics, must read." --Louise Hector, LouiseReviews; "A really interesting book on a little known subject ... we have to admire Ingrid for telling her story" -- Callmemadam, blogger; "A very readable look at an incredibly personal tale - the openness featured here is remarkable, as is the clarity of the writing, as the narrative goes from official history to personal ... The fact that so many Lebensborn sufferers have gone on to work for the care of others shows the Nazi idea behind it died a death a long time ago, even if the legacy still remains. The fact this book exists is a further success against the Nazi idea too, and as a result is worth the read." -- John Lloyd, The Bookbag; "Every once in a while you think you have heard the most grotesque and bizarre extremes of Hitler's National Socialist madness and then another revelation comes along. Reading Ingrid von Oelhafen's book was just such a moment. ... Two of the most remarkable features of this book are its human warmth and its absence of rancour. The author has every right to bitterness and self-pity after the treatment she received, but she yields to neither. Towards the end of the book she writes 'I knew I had to learn not just to understand but to forgive'. It is my belief that she has done both." --Richard Littledale, blogger; "As someone who reads non-fiction books such as this one quite often, I was pleased overall with the narrative voice of Ingrid, and readers will really feel for her personal struggles to get answers to questions no one wants to answer. Her determination is admirable, and her positivity is outstanding, considering some of the hardships she has faced. ... I feel we owe it to her to at least try and understand what she alone has had to go through over the years, simply to find out what the rest of us take for granted: our true identity." --Jade Cranwell, Reviewing Central

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