Journal of Undergraduate Research


Lebensborn mothers, women, thousand-year reich




German and Russian


There have been few, if any, events during the 20th century that have drawn more interest from philosophers and historians than those leading up to and culminating in the Second World War. Consequently, much has been said already concerning the aims of the Third Reich. Yet, while there is an increasing amount of literature reflecting upon numerous aspects of the period, the literature surrounding the highly secretive Lebensborn (“Fount of Life”) organization remains somewhat thin. In fact, despite there being thousands of men, women, and children involved in the eugenics experiment, much of what is now known of the Lebensborn was not revealed until decades after the war. What then, was the Lebensborn organization, and what ideas caused it to come about?