Uprooted

We would like to present you with a publication which aims to tell the story of Polish " stolen" children. It consists of two texts. The first, by Anna Malinowska, presents the main principles of the German policy of stealing children from occupied countries. She discusses them on the example of activities of Lebensborn, one of the main Nazi organisations responsible for obtaining racially suitable children. The second, by Katarzyna Kaczorowska, describes post-war attempts to restore stolen children to Poland and shows how today, in Poland and Germany, these children, no longer children but very old people, are treated - also in legal terms.

Both texts appeared in an English-language collection of essays on the history of "stolen" children from Central and Eastern Europe, which is available on our website: A collection of historical essays about the “stolen” children. English language version.

We would like to present you this publication, whose aim is to present the history of the “stolen” children from Central and Eastern Europe. It consists of texts written by authors coming from Germany, Poland, the Czech Republic and Ukraine. They present the policy of the Nazi authorities, the process of capturing and Germanising children and, by showing the fates of particular people, how strong a mark these events left on them. The presentation of these issues from the perspective of authors coming from these four countries is also an opportunity to see how the contemporary memory of these events has been shaped in different ways.

As Dr Tomasz Skonieczny, editor of the publication, stressed in his introduction: “For many years, the story of the stolen and uprooted children was pushed to the margins of our knowledge and interest in World War II. Over the last decade, the fate of these children has, fortunately, been brought to light in Germany and Poland, thanks in part to the involvement of journalists from both countries, who discovered that many of the stolen children were still alive and ready to share their stories. It was also revealed that there is virtually no public awareness of this issue. (…)

We invite you to listen to a conversation with Anna Malinowska, journalist and author of the book "Brown Lullaby. Stories of kidnapped children", about the Nazi search for "good blood", the post-war fate of robbed children who were deprived of their identity and family, and the demanding work of a reporter who collects the testimonies of the victims.

The conversation, prepared as a podcast, is part of the educational project “Uprooted – (Hi)Stories of Stolen Children during World War II”.

We would like to remind you that podcasts of the Krzyżowa Foundation can also be listened to on the most popular podcasting platforms: anchor.fm, Spotify, as well as on: Google Podcast and Breaker.

Since March, we have been working with secondary schools to run educational workshops to introduce schoolchildren to the history of children who were " stolen" by the Nazis during World War II and taken to Germany for Germanisation. So far, over 300 students have taken part in the workshops.

We planned that in the first stage of the project we would focus on presenting the story that took place almost 80 years ago. Only during subsequent meetings will we talk to young people about how they see these events and how they interpret, among other things, the UN Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide of 1948, Article II, letter e of which states that "forcibly transferring children of a group to another group" is genocide.

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