Jewish woman reveals she was once a poster baby for Nazi mag

(YouTube screenshot from USC Shoah Foundation video)

(YouTube screenshot from USC Shoah Foundation video)

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The winner of a 1935 contest held by the Nazis to find the most beautiful Aryan baby has revealed that she's actually Jewish.

Hessy Taft told Germany's Bild newspaper that her family moved from Latvia to Berlin to pursue singing careers in 1928. When Hessy was six months old, her mother took her to have her picture taken. She had no idea her daughter's picture would end up on the cover of Sonne ins Hause, a Nazi magazine.

The photographer allegedly knew the family was Jewish and and submitted the photo to make the Nazis look “ridiculous,” Hessy told Bild.

In the video interview posted online by the USC Shoah Foundation, Taft explained: “It's supposed to represent the perfect Aryan baby, but it was me, a Jewish child, on the cover of a Nazi magazine."

The family fled to the United States after Taft's father was arrested then released in 1938. The Nazis never learned the true identity of the baby.

How does she feel about being used to promote Nazi propaganda? When presenting Israel's Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial she said: "I feel a little revenge — something like satisfaction."


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