Security Service of the Reichsführer – SS.
SD – Koblenz Section
III B 2 d – B. No. 863/44 Koblenz, February 18, 1944
To All SD (Main) Field Offices
Re.: Pregnancy of Female Ostarbeiter
Case file: N o n e.
It will be well known that the birth of the racially inferior offspring of female Ostarbeiter and Polish women is to be prevented if at all possible. Although terminations of pregnancy are to be undertaken only on a voluntary basis, such terminations are to be forced in every case. Above all, care must be taken to ensure that the reports go out promptly to the Gauärzteführer [the head of the physicians in the region], so that the physician designated for the termination can be authorized to perform it as quickly as possible. The termination must proceed as flawlessly as possible, and the female Ostarbeiter or Polish woman must be treated charitably during this time, so that word gets about among all the female Ostarbeiter and Polish women that this matter is a simple and pleasant one. A procedure that is performed too late can have a fatal result, and this would have inadvisable consequences.
I request that reports be made to me as soon as possible on all issues that arise in this context. This also includes the establishment of homes for infants and small children; the housing of these children by female Ostarbeiter and Polish women who are individually deployed; exaggerated support of pregnant women from the East and, later on, of their children by German nationals [Volksgenossen], involvement of members of the clergy; harboring [of such children] in convents and monasteries etc. In the event that women from the East who are individually deployed have given birth to children, it would be desirable to place the women in a larger plant or factory where accommodation facilities for these children are available. The female Ostarbeiter must by no means be lost to the worker deployment program as a result.
Also of interest is knowledge of where the children of Ostarbeiter were raised up to now, and under what circumstances: in the plants or enterprises, in individual deployment situations together with German children, etc.
The Commander of the Koblenz SD Field Office