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DonViejo

(60,536 posts)
Wed Jul 2, 2014, 12:06 PM Jul 2014

Photo Of Perfect Aryan Child Used In Nazi Propaganda Was A Jewish Baby

DANIEL STRAUSS – JULY 2, 2014, 11:51 AM EDT

When Hessy Taft was six months old, her face was used as an example of a perfect Aryan baby. The one wrinkle, which the Nazis didn't know at the time, was that Taft was actually Jewish.

"I can laugh about it now," Taft, now 80, told the German newspaper Bild. "But if the Nazis had known who I really was, I wouldn't be alive."

Taft recently showed a Nazi magazine that featured her photograph to the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial in Israel, according to The Daily Telegraph of the United Kingdom.

Here's how Taft's portrait found its way into Nazi propaganda: Taft's mother, Pauline Levinsons, in 1935, took her daughter to Hans Ballin, a photographer in Berlin, to have Hessy's photograph taken. Months later, Levinsons noticed her daughter's picture on the front of the Nazi family magazine Sonne ins Hause. Levinsons was worried that her family's religious would be discovered so she confronted Ballin who said that he knowingly submitted Hessy's picture to a contest to find attractive Aryan babies.

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http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/hessy-taft-nazi-propaganda-baby-photograph-jewish

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Photo Of Perfect Aryan Child Used In Nazi Propaganda Was A Jewish Baby (Original Post) DonViejo Jul 2014 OP
du rec. xchrom Jul 2014 #1
Love it. I can imagine my mother speaking in the same halting way. louis-t Jul 2014 #2
What a beautiful baby--those eyes! frazzled Jul 2014 #3
I love that the photographer did it to mess with the Nazis Gormy Cuss Jul 2014 #4
I can't imagine that mother's terror. Brickbat Jul 2014 #5
She's a cutie. progressoid Jul 2014 #6
she doesn't even look like it , maybe they just went for whatever was cutest JI7 Jul 2014 #9
In a similar move 74 years later, the racist BNP anti-immigrant leaflet features a Polish Spitfire muriel_volestrangler Jul 2014 #7
Very nice !!!!!!! nt clarice Jul 2014 #8

louis-t

(23,387 posts)
2. Love it. I can imagine my mother speaking in the same halting way.
Wed Jul 2, 2014, 12:47 PM
Jul 2014

She's the same age as this lady. What a story to tell.

frazzled

(18,402 posts)
3. What a beautiful baby--those eyes!
Wed Jul 2, 2014, 01:25 PM
Jul 2014

No wonder the Nazis couldn't imagine she wasn't one of their uber-race. Which goes to show you how wrong they were to think there was such a thing as the "Aryan" race.

Gormy Cuss

(30,884 posts)
4. I love that the photographer did it to mess with the Nazis
Wed Jul 2, 2014, 01:29 PM
Jul 2014

but it placed the child and her family at terrible risk had he been found out.

muriel_volestrangler

(101,630 posts)
7. In a similar move 74 years later, the racist BNP anti-immigrant leaflet features a Polish Spitfire
Wed Jul 2, 2014, 03:10 PM
Jul 2014
BNP's Spitfire was part of Polish squadron

A BNP Euro election leaflet which opposes “mass immigration” shows a picture of a Second World War Spitfire - flown by a pilot who happens to be Polish.
...
The leaflet says: “It’s not racist to oppose mass immigration”.

Mr Beales, 61, said the markings on the plane showed that it was flown by Jan Zumbach, CRRT commander of the legendary 303 ‘Kosciuszko’ Squadron comprised of Polish pilots who were rescued from France shortly before Nazi occupation.

Mr Beales said: “Presumably, if the BNP had been around at the time they would have opposed the employment of these Polish airmen too.”

http://www.bristolpost.co.uk/BNP-s-Spitfire-Polish-squadron/story-11309997-detail/story.html


The BNP's claims that they knew it was a Polish Spitfire convinced no-one -because it totally undercut their "these people shouldn't be here" message.

I'm glad to say that, after a dalliance with the BNP in 2009, Britain kicked them out of their European parliament seats this year.
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