The Nazis were famous for their pursuit of a “perfect” Aryan race. But Hitler would probably roll over in his grave today if he learned that the childhood face of his ideal race was actually Jewish.
The Telegraph published a fascinating story yesterday about how a Jewish baby ironically became the poster child of the Aryan race.
Hessy Taft was born in Berlin in 1935 to Jewish parents Jacob and Pauline Levinsons. When Taft was six months old, her mother took her to a well-known Berlin photographer to have some photographs taken.
Six months later, Pauline Levinsons was shocked to see her daughter’s portrait on the cover of "Sonne ins Hause" -- a prominent Nazi magazine. Taft was being depicted as the ideal Aryan baby.
Levinsons immediately went to the photographer, Hans Ballin, to figure out how her daughter ended up on the cover of a Nazi propaganda publication.
“I wanted to make the Nazis look ridiculous,” Ballin told her.
Within months, Taft’s photograph was being circulated all across Europe on Nazi magazines, postcards and posters. Here’s a picture of Taft now posing with a cover of "Sonne ins Hause":
Taft’s parents kept her inside most of the time out of fear that people would recognize her and discover that she was Jewish.
“My parents were both shocked by the possible consequences this could bring and amazed at the irony of it all,” Taft said.
Taft’s father was arrested by the Gestapo in 1938, but was released when his accountant, a member of the Nazi party, vouched for his release. The family fled to several other areas of Europe and eventually settled in America in 1949.
Now, almost eighty years later, Taft feels a number of mixed emotions when reflecting on her infamous photograph.
“I can laugh about it now, but if the Nazis had known who I really was, I wouldn’t be alive,” she said. “I feel a little revenge. Something like satisfaction.”
Source: The Telegraph