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“ ... can be made into a good German.”

The “Germanization” of children from countries such as Poland or the former Czechoslovakia is one of the brutal crimes of the “Race and Settlement Main Office of the SS”. The ITS archives contain a collection that includes evaluations of the “potential for Germanization” of individual children. An SS document dated 13 April 1944 describes the “behavior” and offers a “political assessment” of a ten-year-old boy. When, as in this case, children were designated for “Germanization,” their survival was assured but they were robbed of their families and all their roots. They experienced drastic “re-education” in group homes and then in German families. They learned of their real stories only decades later, if at all.

(4.1.0/82447483, ITS Digital Archive, Bad Arolsen)