Au Nom de la Race (1972)

Genres - History  |   Sub-Genres - Biological Sciences, Politics & Government, Race & Ethnicity, Social History  |   Run Time - 95 min.  |   Countries - France  |  
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This documentary unravels the story of the Lebensborn program of the Nazi government of Germany, which was a logical consequence of the party's beliefs about eugenics. It began as a place for unwed mothers to give birth, but gradually Heinrich Himmler turned it into a breeding program for the blond and blue-eyed "super race." One aspect of the program had women who were fanatically devoted to the Nazi cause living in camps where they awaited impregnation by suitable "Aryan" (usually SS) men. Children who did not fit the parameters established for looks and behavior were executed. As the Reich expanded, orphaned children who were sufficiently blond and blue-eyed were taken and adopted into German families. They were ultimately intended to serve as a basic breeding stock for the future. The children who were taken were not always orphans: the documentary tells the story of one Polish woman trying to establish contact with her "German" daughter.

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breeding, eugenics, experiment, genetic-engineering, Germany, illegitimate-child, impregnation, master-race, Nazi