After the War









       When the war ended most of the babies born in Lebensborn homes were still young children. “It took decades for German society to accept illegitimate children and regard them morally and legally equal with legitimate children.” (Schmitz-Koster, pg 220) Many of the children were teased by their families and by their peers and interestingly most of the insults were directed at the children and their illegitimate birth rather than at the background of the Lebensborn. 


After years, many of the Lebensborn children begin to look into their backgrounds, searching for their lost fathers, their lost mothers and their siblings. Unfortunately this kind of search is difficult because of all of the effective steps Nazi’s took in covering their tracks. Many of the documents were destroyed after the war that would give the Lebensborn children any clue about their real pasts.