Syphilis Control: Blow-Up Sex Dolls for Nazi Soldiers?

The head of a supposed Nazi sex doll, ordered by Hitler to control syphilis infections among German soldiers.

A recent story in Australian newspaper The Herald Sun reports that author Graeme Donald uncovered a sensational story about Nazis, Hitler, and sex dolls. In researching a book on the history of Barbie, he says he came across a secret "Borghild Project," involving the research and production of blow-up sex dolls.

According to Graeme, in 1940 SS chief Heinrich 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 for the sake of a quick adventure."

At this time, there was no effective treatment for syphilis and it could be a serious problem for those infected. Hitler ordered up the Borghild project, the story goes, to develop a human sex doll that soldiers could use in place of actual female prostitutes.

The only problem is that this wasn't particularly secret, as the same story made the rounds six years ago, according to a web site devoted to re-enacting historical events to shed light on them. says that most of the details of the Borghild project come from a website put together by "Norbert Lenz" who claims to be " a freelance-journalist contributing regulary to magazines like Stern, Max and Focus."

Except that none of these magazines have ever heard of him. Although the circumstantial evidence can easily be verified, some of the main characters appear unknown to history. And any documents? Tragically destroyed in the fire bombing of Dresden in 1945. Or so the story goes… Lenz' original story had the sex dolls being made from solid materials, such as rubber or butyl-rubber. The latest version of the story has the dolls in blow-up form, and being tested by German soldiers stationed in Jersey, where Lenz has the dolls never making it to production. So truth or just a fanciful hoax? Well, as Mark Twain said: "Never let the facts get in the way of a good story."
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