Date
20 October 2017
Hessy Taft, now 80, and as a baby in 1935. Months after the picture was taken, it became the poster child of Hitler's Aryan dream. Photo: The Independent
Hessy Taft, now 80, and as a baby in 1935. Months after the picture was taken, it became the poster child of Hitler's Aryan dream. Photo: The Independent

Nazi perfect Aryan baby was Jewish

It was part of Hitler’s DNA blueprint for the perfect Aryan race — a perfect baby that came to symbolize a Nazi rebirth.

But like most propaganda by Hitler madman Joseph Goebbels, this one was a hoax.

It has taken all this time for the world to know that the baby was Jewish, the same race Hitler had marked for extermination to give way to his Aryan dream.

On Thursday, Hessy Taft stepped forward with her story, recounting tales her mother had told her.

Taft, now 80 and working as a chemistry professor in New York, told Germany’s Bild newspaper how she became one of the key propaganda figures for the anti-Semitic regime.  

She said her mother took her to famous Berlin photographer Hans Ballin to have her baby picture taken in 1935.

A few months later, the photo surfaced on the cover of Sun in the House magazine, then a hugely popular propaganda mouthpiece edited by a friend of Nazi leader Hermann Goering, according to The Independent.

When the photo came to Goebbels’ attention, he personally picked it to be the Aryan poster child, not knowing the baby was Jewish.

In fact, the photographer had submitted the photo to the magazine to “make the Nazis look ridiculous” but kept the joke to himself until he was asked by Taft’s mother about it, the report said.

Who knew that Hitler’s imaginings of the perfect race were being haunted by a Jewish child?

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