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A BRIEF HISTORY OF CHILD ABDUCTION and use of children in psychological warfare from a western viewpoint 

Mother and daughter trying to hold on to each other when separated by a Nazi officer.

 Crimes of Nazi Germany

Throughout history, children and families, have been

attacked by authorities to gain power over people by weakening their bonds of affection, and to avoid

resistance from future generations.

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Women with Nordic appearance from European countries, were chosen for breeding programs, where they willingly or without consent were impregnated by Nazi soldiers.
People, children included, that did not meet the criteria for Germanization, were regarded as garbage, and disposed of.
The Nazis kept an eye out for European children who possessed Nordic racial characteristics. In Poland, promising children were separated from their parents and sent to Łódź (a concentration camp for children)for further examination. If they passed the battery of racial, physical and psychological tests, they were sent on to Germany for "Germanization".  As many as 4,454 children chosen for Germanization were given German names, forbidden to speak Polish, and reeducated in SS or other Nazi institutions. Few ever saw their parents again.

Many more children were rejected as unsuitable for Germanization after after failing to measure up to racial scientists' criteria for being "racially valuable". These children were shipped to orphanages or to Auschwitz, where they were killed, most often by inter-cardiac injections of phenol. An estimated total of 50,000 children were kidnapped in Poland alone, the majority taken from orphanages and foster homes in the annexed lands.
Infants born to Polish women deported to Germany as farm and factory laborers, if deemed "racially valuable", were also usually taken from their mothers and subjected to Germanization. If an examination of the father and mother suggested that a "racially valuable" child might not result from the union, the mother was compelled to have an abortion And if a child was born who did not pass muster, they would be removed to an Ausländerkinder-Pflegestätte, where many died from the lack of food.

Children were used in campaigns to crush dissents and intimidate the local population, as soldiers of the Dirlewanger Division of the 36th Waffen Grenadier Division of the SS which was comprised of ex convicts and foreign volunteers, gang raped children and played catch with live babies.

Commitment to "Pure Blood" and a Superior Race

Child abductions were a part of the Nazi plan for the purpose of Germanization. Children were forcefully removed from their families as a means of obtaining the pure race policy, claiming the German culture and people with Nordic traits, to be superior to other cultures and human traits.

"Blood" was an important factor in the Nazi philosophy, and great measures were taken to ensure what was believed to be a pure human race.  
Avoidance of future generations of subversives, by eliminating future  threats as political dissidents, was also obtained by child-snatching. Children were indoctrinated into the Nazi philosophy in schools and encouraged to join the Hitlerjugend movement. Children's fairy-tales were re-written as propaganda, and children were encouraged to turn against their families.
People believed to have genetic illnesses, were forced to undergo abortions and sterilizations, even executed, as a part of Nazi Eugenincs. Large scale propaganda was used to depict handicapped individuals as human trash, and spouses were encouraged to kill mentally and physically challenged persons.


Kidnapping of non-Germanic European children by Nazi Germany was a part of the Generalplan Ost (GPO), and involved taking children from the rest of Europe and moving them to Nazi Germany for the purpose of Germanization, or indoctrination into becoming culturally German. Other cultures were regarded inferior and were a subject to be destroyed.
Target groups were the ones believed to be genetically inferior or a potential future threat to power, or suitable for Germanization. Intellectuals were targeted as a part of Intellizaction, as they were believed to be a threat to the Nazi movement.  People claimed to have genetic illnesses,  capitalists, Jews and religious grouping in general, were also hunted down, exposed to long term terror, mentally and physically wiped out and destroyed.


The International Criminal Court is an organ that investigate and punish the worst of crimes committed by human beings against others. The Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court defines these heinous crimes, that shake the entire core of our existence, and our faith in human kind.

The most despicable deeds are referred to as "crimes against humanity".

The act of genocide, is defined not merely by killing of members of groups, but also by tactics applied to weaken the groups means of existence, as preventing birth, long term terror and forced abortions within the group.

The International Criminal Court



The crime of genocide is defined in international law in the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of Genocide.


Article II:

In the present Convention, genocide means any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group, as such:

(a) Killing members of the group;

(b) Causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group;

(c) Deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part;

(d) Imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group;

(e) Forcibly transferring children of the group to another group.


Article III:

The following acts shall be punishable:

(a) Genocide;

(b) Conspiracy to commit genocide;

(c) Direct and public incitement to commit genocide;


(d) Attempt to commit genocide;

(e) Complicity in genocide.


The 1996 preamble adds that:


The punishment of the crime of genocide is a matter of international concern.

The UN General Assembly, therefore, Affirms that genocide is a crime under international law which the civilized world condemns, and for the commission of which principals and accomplices - whether private individuals, public officials or statesmen, and whether the crime is committed on religious, racial, political or any other grounds --are punishable.



Crimes against humanity, as defined by the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court Explanatory Memorandum,


"are particularly odious offenses in that they constitute a serious attack on human dignity or grave humiliation or a degradation of human beings.

They are not isolated or sporadic events, but are part either of a government policy (although the perpetrators need not identify themselves with this policy) or of a wide practice of atrocities tolerated or condoned by a government or a de facto authority.

Murder; extermination; torture; rape; political, racial, or religious persecution, and other inhumane acts reach the threshold of crimes against humanity only if they are part of a widespread or systematic practice."


Children Used in Propaganda

Mother and child trying to run from Nazi execution.

A marked mother holding on to her child.

Children were a subject to medical experimentation by Nazi Dr. Mengele, a family father.

Children showing off their tattoos after being freed from a child-concentration camp when the war ended.

Families collected to be brought to the concentration camps for mass executions.

Children in Nazi concentration camp during the Second World War, waiting to be killed.



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StarNews Online: Stolen: The story of a Polish child 'Germanized' by the Nazis; one girl got back home By Melissa Eddy

The Guardian

CNN News: Defectors agonizingly close to freedom sent back to North Korean nightmare

Official Homepage of Democratic People's Republic of Korea

Child Care Legislation of Democratic People's Republic of Korea (Translated from Korean by Google Translate)

Genocide Watch

DW News

Global Research

Al Jazeera News

Holocaust Remembrance Education

Pictures, Google

More on totalitarianism:
Argentina's Dirty War



The Dirty War was the name used by the Argentinian Government for a period (1976-1983) of state terrorism by Argentina’s military dictatorship against suspected left-wing political opponents.

Kidnapping babies from political dissidents was part of a systematic government plan. The abducted children were passed for adoption by military families and allies of the regime, to avoid raising an other generation of subversives.

The coup was lead by military leader Jorge Rafael Videla.

When the dictatorship finally ended in 1981, Videla was sentenced to life in prison. "We had to eliminate a large number of people," he would repeatedly say. There have been numerous trials against the old man, who died peacefully in prison May 2013 for crimes against humanity, organized human trafficking of children, murder and kidnapping.

The cases ended in long prison terms – the last one, 50 years for child-snatching.


Children Tortured in Norway


Today, in the little country of Norway,

several children die weekly an unnatural death, in state custody, forcefully and arbitrarily separated from their families, systematicly denied family contact.

How is Norway terrorizing families today, and violating children's inherent dignity?



While thousands of children were standing in line for the gas chambers to be executed, Hitler was posing as a protector and savior of families. The people representing the Nazi movement in general were depicted by the means of propaganda, as helpers and guardians.

The supporters were relieved to have their confidence and sense of national pride re-established, and embraced the Nazi movement warmly.

The groups believed to be enemies, were described as vermin that had to be destroyed for common good.


Child protection as a means of propaganda to hide persecution and human rights violations, has been a commonly used tool under totalitarian communistic and socialistic rule.

Joseph Stalin, the leader of the Soviet Union from the mid-1920s until his death in 1953, here shown as a fatherly protector, represented in fact an excessively authoritarian governmental structure.

The Spanish dictator from 1939-1975, Francisco Franco, here with his wife. He was able to hold on to power by systematic suppression of dissident views through censorship and coercion, the imprisonment of ideological enemies in concentration camps, the implementation of forced labour in prisons, and the use of the death penalty and heavy prison sentences as deterrents for the opponents of the regime.

A family oriented propaganda-poster promoting Spain's Francoism: “Not a home without firewood. Not one Spaniard without bread" promicing safety for families. Forceful removal of children from political dissidents was a state-policy under General Francos rule. Victims group states that the kidnappings developed into a business that continued into the 1980's.

"The Lost Children of Francoism"

"The Lost Children of Francoism"

Jurist Baltazar Garzón urged the attourney general and judges investigating the child abductions under Franco's rule in Spain, to sanction those at fault and pay reparations to the victims, as the crimes committed constituted crimes against humanity.

As propaganda depicts Kim Jong-Il, former supreme leader of the Peoples Republic of Korea, known as North Korea, as a loving protector, and the country's modern rule as a socialistic paradise, severe violations on the human rights have been committed. The country is now (2014) investigated for crimes against humanity.

Cuba's socialist dictator, Fidel Castro, here happily admired by his child-supporters, is responsible for multiple human rights abuses, and an exodus of millions of Cubans under his presidency from 1976-2008.

Propaganda poster showing Mao Zedong, Peoples Republic of China's dictator from 1949 till 1976, offering love and protection to families. The communist lader is critizised of systematic human rights abuses, and whose rule is estimated to have contributed to the deaths of a huge number of people through starvation, forced labour and executions, ranking his tenure as the top incidence of democide in human history.

Kim Jong-Un, current supreme leader of the Peoples Republic of Korea, known as North Korea, at concert to celebrate the 66th anniversary of the Korean Children. Kim Jong-Un himself have stated that human rights are well protected in the country, as we cannot expect human rights for enemies of socialism.

Venezuelas president from 1999-2013, Hugo Chávez' propaganda for socialism, masked politically motivated arests, human rights abuses, lack of press freedom and freedom of expression, authoritarianism and threats to democracy. Groups as the EU parliament, accused Chávez of creating a climate of fear.

The German revolutionary socialist and philosopher, Karl Marx (1818-1883) who published The Communist Manifesto og Das Kapital, said that in order to establish the perfect socialist state, you have to destroy the family,  that you have to substitute the government and it's authority for parental authority in the rearing of children. Revolutionary socialist governments espousing Marxist concepts took power in a variety of countries in the 20th century, leading to the formation of such socialist states as the Soviet Union in 1922 and the People's Republic of China in 1949.

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