by Maja Weiss
Zajeti v Izviru – Slovenski otroci Lebensborna, 2023, documentary, digital DCP, 1,77:1 (16:9), 25, c, 79 min
In 1942, approximately thirty Slovenian babies were selected and stolen through a "racial selection" process and included in the notorious Nazi program called Lebensborn (Source of Life). This program was designed to promote the Aryan race and was led by Heinrich Himmler. As part of the program, babies were forcibly taken from their families across Europe and subsequently adopted by German couples who were perceived as loyal to the Nazi regime. The film tells the story of four "children of the Lebensborn“: Ingrid Von Oelhafen from Germany, Haymo Henry Hayder from Costa Rica, Franc Zagožen from Belgium, and Ivan Acman from Slovenia. The protagonists of the documentary serve as the last living witnesses to a horrific racial experiment that never resulted in punishment for those responsible for the Lebensborn program. Each of them shares their unique journey of discovering the truth about their origins, accepting that truth, and ultimately finding inner peace. By offering glimpses into the protagonists' current lives and their ongoing awareness of global events, the film emphasizes that similar atrocities continue to occur, notably in Ukraine at the present moment.
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