When I researched and wrote the story of a French girl who is caught in the trap of the SS to breed their Master Race, I gave no thought to the children born in the Lebensborn homes.
After the book was published, a friend asked, “What happened to all the children?”
It gave pause to consider this big question. Yes, what did happen to them?
As part of marketing the book, the publisher’s marketing coach discussed Google Alerts and their use. Every day as I began researching the web, I was discovering that there were now international stories of a Lebensborn child seeking compension in a courtroom of their country for their conflicted life of being shunned, tauted or even physically abused.
The children in Norway had banded together for support as many of them were out seeking their “true” parent.
If that’s the case, what would happen if a Lebensborn child showed up at one of my book talks?
I must seek the international sources for war victims and was readily encouraged by each one I encountered. So during my first presentation in little ol’ Colville, WA., population 5000, a man spoke up and told his story of being born in Germany during that time period and given to adoptive parents. He now was seeking his rightful parents and was finding a dead end in Germany.
“Yes,” I told him, “You won’t have much luck there. This program is still being “hushed up,” but I do have many of the sources you seek and will forward them to you so that when you make your trip to Europe you will not only have these sources but can contact the Lebensborn children in Norway.”
Lebensborn is tightly-plotted and has information about this time in history that’s little known, but now I know why I had to write about this dark chapter in Nazi history . . . it’s for a lonely soul who craves to find closure.
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