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Dark graphic painting in charcoal and khaki of two people facing each other

This week's Virtual Exhibition is called "Secret" by Andrew Butler.

This series of paintings and drawings is based around the Lebensborn Programme (Fount of Life), an SS initiated, state supported, registered association in Nazi Germany with the goal of raising the birth rate of Aryan children of persons classified as racially pure and healthy based on Nazi racial hygiene and health ideology.

Initially set up in Germany in 1935, Lebensborn expanded into several occupied European countries with Germanic populations during the Second World War. During the war many children were kidnapped from their parents and judged by Aryan criteria for their suitability to be raised in Lebensborn homes and fostering by German families.

Andrew Butler lived and worked in Northern Ireland from 1994 to 2004. He now lives and works in Bournemouth.