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Hessy Taft

Jewish Woman Whose Photo was Used to Depict the ‘Perfect Aryan Baby’ by Nazi Propaganda

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A woman whose photograph was chosen by the Nazis to depict the perfect Aryan baby has described how she was selected by Joseph Goebbels himself – despite being Jewish.

Hessy Taft’s visage was replicated across Nazi Germany on cards and posters, and she recently presented a copy a Nazi magazine with it on the cover to the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial in Israel.

Now 80 and working as a chemistry professor in New York, Taft told Germany’s Bild newspaper how a Jewish baby became one of the key propaganda figures for the anti-Semitic regime.

She explained that her mother, Pauline Levinson, took her to famous Berlin photographer Hans Ballin to have her baby picture taken in 1935.

A few months after the studio session, Ms. Levinson was shocked to discover her daughter on the cover of the hugely popular “Sun in the House” family magazine, edited by a friend of Nazi leader Hermann Goering.

Confronting the photographer, Taft’s mother was told that he was fully aware the family was Jewish when he submitted the picture to the party, where it was reportedly selected by propaganda chief Goebbels himself.

“I wanted to make the Nazis ridiculous,” Ballin reportedly said.

Taft was kept hidden away as a baby from then on, with her family fearful that she could be recognized by people on the street. Both once talented singers, the threat of Gustapo arrest forced her parents to flee to Latvia, Paris and then Cuba before finally settling in the US.

Donating the “Sonne ins Haus” copy to Yad Vashem, Taft said: “I feel a little revenge. Something like satisfaction.”

And she told Bild: “I can laugh about it now. But had the Nazis known who I really was, I would not be alive today.”

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    Speaking fees for Hessy Taft, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. The estimated fees to book Hessy Taft are $10,000 - $20,000 for live events and available upon request for virtual events. For the most current speaking fee to hire Hessy Taft, click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak directly with an experienced booking agent.
  • What topics does Hessy Taft speak about?

    Hessy Taft is a keynote speaker and industry expert whose speaking topics include Faith & Religion, Jewish Speakers.
  • Where does Hessy Taft travel from?

    Hessy Taft generally travels from New York, NY, USA, but can be booked for private corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances across the country.
  • Who is Hessy Taft’s agent?

    AAE Speakers Bureau has successfully booked keynote speakers like Hessy Taft for clients worldwide since 2002. As a full-service speaker booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Please click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page including the details of your event, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Hessy Taft for your next private or corporate function.
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    AAE Speakers Bureau is a full-service speaker booking agency, meaning we can completely manage the speaker’s or celebrity’s engagement with your organization from the time of booking your speaker through the event’s completion. We provide all of the services you need to host Hessy Taft or any other speaker of your choice, including offer negotiation, contractual assistance, accounting and billing, and event speaker travel and logistics services. When you book a speaker with us, we manage the process of hosting a speaker for you as an extension of your team. Our goal is to give our clients peace of mind and a best-in-class service experience when booking a speaker with us.
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Jewish Woman Whose Photo was Used to Depict the ‘Perfect Aryan Baby’ by Nazi Propaganda

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Hessy Taft Biography

A woman whose photograph was chosen by the Nazis to depict the perfect Aryan baby has described how she was selected by Joseph Goebbels himself – despite being Jewish.

Hessy Taft’s visage was replicated across Nazi Germany on cards and posters, and she recently presented a copy a Nazi magazine with it on the cover to the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial in Israel.

Now 80 and working as a chemistry professor in New York, Taft told Germany’s Bild newspaper how a Jewish baby became one of the key propaganda figures for the anti-Semitic regime.

She explained that her mother, Pauline Levinson, took her to famous Berlin photographer Hans Ballin to have her baby picture taken in 1935.

A few months after the studio session, Ms. Levinson was shocked to discover her daughter on the cover of the hugely popular “Sun in the House” family magazine, edited by a friend of Nazi leader Hermann Goering.

Confronting the photographer, Taft’s mother was told that he was fully aware the family was Jewish when he submitted the picture to the party, where it was reportedly selected by propaganda chief Goebbels himself.

“I wanted to make the Nazis ridiculous,” Ballin reportedly said.

Taft was kept hidden away as a baby from then on, with her family fearful that she could be recognized by people on the street. Both once talented singers, the threat of Gustapo arrest forced her parents to flee to Latvia, Paris and then Cuba before finally settling in the US.

Donating the “Sonne ins Haus” copy to Yad Vashem, Taft said: “I feel a little revenge. Something like satisfaction.”

And she told Bild: “I can laugh about it now. But had the Nazis known who I really was, I would not be alive today.”

FAQs on booking Hessy Taft

  • How do I book Hessy Taft to speak at my event?

    Our experienced booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure speakers like Hessy Taft for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment since 2002. Click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page to check availability for Hessy Taft, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get speaking fee information and check availability for Hessy Taft or any other speaker of your choice.
  • What are the speaker fees for Hessy Taft

    Speaking fees for Hessy Taft, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. The estimated fees to book Hessy Taft are $10,000 - $20,000 for live events and available upon request for virtual events. For the most current speaking fee to hire Hessy Taft, click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak directly with an experienced booking agent.
  • What topics does Hessy Taft speak about?

    Hessy Taft is a keynote speaker and industry expert whose speaking topics include Faith & Religion, Jewish Speakers.
  • Where does Hessy Taft travel from?

    Hessy Taft generally travels from New York, NY, USA, but can be booked for private corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances across the country.
  • Who is Hessy Taft’s agent?

    AAE Speakers Bureau has successfully booked keynote speakers like Hessy Taft for clients worldwide since 2002. As a full-service speaker booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Please click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page including the details of your event, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Hessy Taft for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service speaker booking agency?

    AAE Speakers Bureau is a full-service speaker booking agency, meaning we can completely manage the speaker’s or celebrity’s engagement with your organization from the time of booking your speaker through the event’s completion. We provide all of the services you need to host Hessy Taft or any other speaker of your choice, including offer negotiation, contractual assistance, accounting and billing, and event speaker travel and logistics services. When you book a speaker with us, we manage the process of hosting a speaker for you as an extension of your team. Our goal is to give our clients peace of mind and a best-in-class service experience when booking a speaker with us.
  • Why is AAE Speakers Bureau different from other booking agencies?

    If you’re looking for the best, unbiased speaker recommendations, paired with a top-notch customer service experience, you’re in the right place. At AAE Speakers Bureau, we exclusively represent the interests of our clients - professional organizations, companies, universities, and associations. We intentionally do not represent the speakers we feature or book. That is so we can present our clients with the broadest and best performing set of speaker options in the market today, and we can make these recommendations without any obligation to promote a specific speaker over another. This is why when our agents suggest a speaker for your event, you can be assured that they are of the highest quality with a history of proven success with our other clients.

Hessy Taft is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Hessy Taft for your event is $10,000 - $20,000. Hessy Taft generally travels from New York, NY, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Ron Wolfson, Vanessa Ochs, Jessica Yellin, Julia Bacha and Carol Leifer. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Hessy Taft for an upcoming live or virtual event.

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