Beginning in the late 60s, German psychologist Helmut Kentler set up a system that sent Berlin’s neglected children to live, long-term, with known paedophiles. He actively encouraged sexual relationships to form.
But this wasn’t some illegal, clandestine network: each placement was sanctioned and approved by the Berlin senate. And it carried on for more than 30 years.
Hannah and Suruthi look at about the yoyoing morals and identity crises of postwar Germany – and the top-level attitudes that let this horrorshow happen.