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The Lebensborn (German, in English "Fount of life") was an organization in National Socialist Germany that was affiliated with the SS. The full name was "Lebensborn e.V." (e.V. stands for "registered association," or in German, "eingetragener Verein").
Revisionists have argued that the organization has often been misrepresented, including as a bordello for the SS, a breeding farm for the "master race", and/or an organization stealing foreign children. In reality, the organization is argued to have been nothing more than a charitable system of lying-in hospitals for pregnant women.
The revisionist historian Erich Kern has thus argued that "Lebensborn e.V. was among the most exemplary charitable organizations of its time. Founded in 1936, it grew to include a total of 18 lying-in hospitals. These also served as temporary homes for orphans. More than 11,000 children first saw the light of day in them.
Unwed mothers, it is true, were also accepted by these hospitals, but in such cases every effort was made to arrange subsequent marriages with the biological fathers, and the organization offered further care to the extent needed.
This often included help in securing living quarters. In special cases adoptions were arranged. The facilities, admittedly, were not available to all German women. There were in fact racial requirements, and proof of Aryan ancestry including all four grandparents had to be provided. Women with obvious genetic defects were also excluded.
But the facilities, though financed entirely from monthly contributions by SS members, were not restricted to SS use alone. During the war years, up to 90 percent of the women giving birth there were wives of soldiers and officers of the army, navy and air force."
As to the charge that Lebensborn participated in a program for the Germanization of children abducted from the conquered territories, a U.S. Military Tribunal found no substantiating evidence whatsoever. On the contrary, it found Lebensborn policy was to make every effort to bring orphaned children together with their surviving next of kin.
Another revisionist view on the Lebensborn and the Nuremberg trials: "The purpose of this organization was to remove the stigma of illegitimacy and to aid families with numerous children (XXI 654-664, German volumes. These pages have disappeared from the American transcript. See also XXI 352 ."