Sunday, January 13, 2013

The Nazi nurses behind the 'Super Race Children': Inside the Aryan breeding wards where boys and girls were given UV treatment if their hair turned brown

Like other wartime nurses, those in Nazi Germany selflessly tended to wounded soldiers in some of the toughest conditions imaginable. But they also had a more sinister side to their job, including assisting in the controversial Lebensborn program. Under the initiative, nurses, pictured centre and bottom right, performed such tasks as treating children's hair with UV light to make it fairer. A collection of harrowing photographs has captured these women, probably in the nursing profession's darkest hour as they assisted with some truly disturbing 'experiments.'