This house is not a home: residential care for babies and toddlers in the two Germanys during the Cold War

  title={This house is not a home: residential care for babies and toddlers in the two Germanys during the Cold War},
  author={Felix Berth},
  journal={The History of the Family},
  pages={506 - 531}
  • Felix Berth
  • Published 3 July 2021
  • Psychology
  • The History of the Family
ABSTRACT This paper examines the history of infant homes for babies and toddlers in the two German states after World War II. Peak capacity of these institutions was not reached in the immediate post-war years, as one might suppose, but in the early 1960s. At that time in socialist East Germany one in forty children under the age of three lived in an infant home, while the rate was about half as high in capitalist West Germany. Thus, these institutions impacted the lives of more children than… 



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