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Wed Jul 2, 2014, 12:06 PM Jul 2014

Photo Of Perfect Aryan Child Used In Nazi Propaganda Was A Jewish Baby [View all]


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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