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The Babies Who Died


One of the documents discovered at the National Archives is a list of 365 names - the names of the infants that died at the Kinderheim, the children's home operated by Volkswagen during World War II.

Click Here for the unclassified report.

The information is reprinted in its entirety, with the exception of the place of internment which in all cases was either "unknown" or "Ruhen" (where the home was moved, 8 miles from the factory in Germany.)


Part of the text that follows the list is printed below:

  • Based upon the evidence adduced in this investigation, it is the reasoned conclusion of the investigator-examiner that a prima facie case has been established against the following persons for the offenses stated:
  • DR. HANS KORBEL – Criminal neglect in the maintenance of the hospital and day nursery for whose operation he was responsible. Criminal neglect in failing to exercise his professional skill as a physician in an attempt to prevent 100% fatalities among the infants at the day nursery.
  • SISTER ELLA SCHMIDT – Criminal neglect in the maintenance of extremely unsanitary conditions in the day nursery at KdF Stadt and Ruhen. Criminal neglect in failing to properly use her professional skill as a trained childrenÂ's nurse in an attempt to prevent 100% fatalities among infants at the nursery.
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