Author Graeme Donald’s research to the origins of the Barbie doll revealed that it may be based on a post-war German sex doll toy during the 1950’s
Syphilis and gonorrhea were serious problems during World War II as many German soldiers contracted them after sleeping with French women. SS chief Heinrich Himmler said that the widespread presence of French prostitutes posed the greatest danger in Paris.
So the Borghild Project was created to develop prototype sex dolls for German troops to control venereal diseases.
The Nazis were refused when they asked a Hungarian actress if they could model the doll on her. So instead of creating a typical “Aryan” woman, the synthetic “comforters” were made of silicone and kept plain so soldiers could use their own imagination.
The doll project began in 1940 after Himmler wrote: “The greatest danger in Paris is the widespread and uncontrolled presence of whores, picking up clients in bars, dance halls, and other places. It is our duty to prevent soldiers from risking their health just for the sake of a quick adventure.”
A trial run for the dolls was conducted at the German barracks in St. Hellier. Himmler was reportedly so impressed that he immediately ordered 50 of them.
The whole project was axed in 1942 and all evidence was destroyed in the bombing of Dresden, the daily reported.
German sculptor Arthur Rink -- one of the team members who designed the doll -- revealed the truth about the doll.
“I was looking at the weird things on the periphery of major events when I came across this story. I was actually researching the history of the Barbie doll that was based on a German sex doll of the 1950s,” Donald said.
“Ruth and Elliot Handler from America visited Germany in 1956 and saw the Lilli dolls that were sold in barbers’ shops and nightclubs - and were not for children.”
“Ruth didn’t realize this and bought one and realized later they were not toys. But Ruth and her husband used the doll as a foundation for what became Barbie.”
By Christopher Kim
Edited by Rob York
원조 바비인형은 나치병사들을 위한것?
나치 정권 독재자 아돌프 히틀러는 독일군들이 성병에 감염되는 것을 막기 위해 성인용 인형을 제작하라고 명령했다고 영국 데일리메일이 보도했다.
‘무솔리니의 이발사’(Mussolini’s Barber)의 저자 그래임 도날드는 바비 인형은 1950년대 독일 성인용 인형에서 유래됐다고 말했다.
2차 세계대전에 독일군은 프랑스 여성들과 자면서 매독, 임질과 같은 성병을 걸렸다고 했다. 이에 대해 나치 총장 하인리히 힘러는 프랑스 매춘부들에게서 독일군을 구해야 한다고 하며 보길드 프로젝트를 감행했다고 했다. 보길드 프로젝트는 성병 유발을 축소하기 위해 성인용 인형을 제작한 프로젝트였다.
인형 제작 당시 나치는 헝가리 여배우를 본떠서 만들 수 있을지 문의했지만 거절 당하기도 했다. 대신 군인들의 상상력을 사용할 수 있도록 단조로운 인형을 만들었다고 했다.