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The Nazis invented the worst thing ever: the assembly-line death factory. But they also invented something else, perhaps the only legacy of theirs that endures to this very day. During World War II, Hitler’s war machine created the world’s first sex doll: Borghild.

The “field-hygienic project” was an initiative of Himmler, who regarded the doll as a “counterbalance” to the sexual drive of his storm troopers. In one of his letters, he mentions the “unnecessary losses” the Wehrmacht had suffered in France, inflicted by street prostitutes. “The greatest danger in Paris are the wide-spread and uncontrolled whores, picking up clients in bars, dance halls and other places. It is our duty to prevent soldiers from risking their health, just for the sake of a quick adventure”. One assumes Himmler also wanted to stop any racial dilution of the great German army.

The project was considered “Geheime Reichssache”, which meant “more secret than top secret”. Himmler put Dr. Joachim Mrurgowsky in charge, the highest ranking officer of Berlin’s notorious SS Institute.

The world’s first sex doll – or “gynoid” – was built in 1941 by a team of craftsmen from Germany’s Hygiene Museum in Dresden. The project was supervised by a famous technician, Franz Tschakert. He was the “father of the woman of glass”, which happened to be the sensation of the 1930s International Hygiene Exhibition.

Psychiatrist Dr. Rudolf Chargeheimer wrote the following note as the project went forward:

“The sure thing, purpose and goal of the dolls is to relieve our soldiers. They have to fight and not be on the prowl or mingle with ‘foreign womenfolk’. However: no real men will prefer a doll to a real woman, until our technicians meet the following quality standards:
The synthetic flesh has to feel the same as real flesh;
The doll’s body should be as agile and moveable as the real body;
The doll’s organ should feel absolutely realistic.”

A stickler for verisimilitude.

Between June 1940 – 1941, IG Farben had already developed a number of ”skin-friendly polymers” for the SS. Their special characteristics: high-tensile strength and elasticity.

The cast of a suitable model proved to be more difficult. Borghild was meant to reflect the beauty-ideal of the Nazis: white skin, fair hair and blue eyes. Although the team considered a doll with brown hair, the SS Hygiene Institute insisted on manufacturing a “Nordish doll”. Tschakert hoped to plaster-cast from a living model. A number of famous female athletes were invited to come to his studios.

But in a letter to Mrurgowsky, Tschakert came to this conclusion: “Sometimes the legs are too short and look deformed, or the lady has a hollow back and arms, like a wrestler. The overall appearance is always dreadful and I fear there is no other way than to combine”. While Mrurgowsky still favoured a “whole imprint” of prevailing diva Kristina Söderbaum, the Borghild-designer decided to build the doll’s mold in a “modular way”, taking bits and pieces from different women. In Tschakert’s view, the doll should be nothing less than a “female best-form”, a “perfect automaton of lust” that would combine “the best of all possible bodies”. The team agreed on a cheeky and naughty face, a look-a-like of actress Käthe von Nagy, but she politely declined to lend her face to Tschakert’s doll.

After Mrurgowsky’s exit, Dr. Hannussen took over, and rejected the idea to cast a face from a living person. He believed in an “artificial face of lust” which would be more attractive to soldiers. “The doll has only one purpose and she should never become a substitute for the honourable mother at home. … When the soldier makes love to Borghild, it has nothing to do with love. Therefore the face of our anthropomorphic sex machine should be exactly like the common wanton’s face”.

Borghild’s presentation in Berlin was a great success. While Himmler examined her artificial orifices, Tschakert was very nervou but Himmler was so enthusiastic he ordered 50 Borghilds on the spot.

Eventually, the project appear to have been put on the back-burner as Nazi-Germany faced more pressing needs and the German army had to face its enemies without the comfort of the Aryan plastic sex bomb. No wonder they lost, squeezed between French prostitutes and Russian bayonets. What remained of the project was destroyed when Allied war planes destroyed Dresden in 1945. Which proves that the Dresden bombing was a true atrocity: now we don’t have a copy of the world’s first sex doll.

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  • Nancy

    Is there a non-porn website that talks about this thing or has a picture of it anywhere? This is bizarre enough to take a look.

  • http://w6daily.winn.com/ Phillip Winn

    Based on the story, I’m guessing that there aren’t really any pictures, with them being destroyed and all.

  • Joyce Arthur

    The nazis did not invent teh first sex doll, tehr eis no way that there was not one invenetd earlier by soem inventor, I mean come on if condoms were invented in Rome, and writing in Sumeria, teh idea they would not have been thought up in soem way earlier, is crazy, i am against teh nazis, but teh idea they invented soemthing which gives pleasure is wronmg, there isno way they invented it, i mean remember teh movie psycho, the peopel taht was based, on had used real people, so the idea nobody had thought of using a scarecrow tehy made themself, or a roaf, is rubbishm, they did not incebvngt teh first sex doll

  • jarboy

    joyce, you are the most dyslexic typist i have ever read! sure you’re not a barbie doll?

  • http://w6daily.winn.com/ Phillip Winn

    Poor typing doesn’t even begin to cover it. Because the Nazis area bad, they can therefore logically not invent a sex doll? Um, yeah.

    Make up your mind; was the idea so obvious it had already been invented, or so ingenious that the Nazis couldn’t possibly have invented it?

  • JR

    Joyce Arthur:…I mean come on if condoms were invented in Rome, and writing in Sumeria, teh idea they would not have been thought up in soem way earlier, is crazy…

    There’s a valid point in there. On the other hand, keep in mind that before the rise of industrial cities, most people probably had lots of sheep nearby.

  • jarboy

    are sheep sexier than blow-up dolls?

  • http://adamash.blogspot.com adam

    Sheep are alive. Blow-up dolls are dead.
    Take your pick.

  • hardboy

    baaah…

  • jarboy

    adam wrote Sheep are alive. Blow-up dolls are dead. Take your pick.

    you mean, blow-up dolls once had life? so fucking them is necrophilia? oooh, i’m kinkier than i though — er, would be, if i had ever fuct a blow-up doll.

    hardboy, are you my long-lost brother?

  • Eric Olsen

    yes, more specifically blow-up dolls are inanimate objects imbued by some with anthropomorpic attributes. Check out Roxy Music’s “In Every Dream Home a Heartache” for an ode to the “disposable dolly”

    Where did this research come from Adam? Just curious.

  • jarboy

    you mean the research about sheep being alive and blow-up dolls dead?

    actually, i consider blow-up dolls alive until they pop.

  • Asmodeu$

    Why is it so strange that the Nazis invented the blow-up doll? I mean seriously, think about it. Germans are the most sexually crazy people on the planet (not to mention open-minded!).
    Also, haven’t any of you thought about the way the world has evolved? Synthetic rubber or latex were not found/made until the 1800s-1900s, so what are you going to make a fake pussy out of? Wood? Metal? Dead flesh?(YOU might be a necrophile, but I am not.) Then you have to consider the conservativeness of society around that time — in the first series of Bewitched (yes I know, that was a TV show made not so long ago), whats-her-face (the witch, dumbass) was not even allowed to show her belly button as this was considered “offensive” at the time!
    /end rant

    -Hailing from Melbourne
    ::Asmodeu$::

  • jarboy

    actually, it wasn’t bewitched, but i dream of jeannie who couldn’t show her naval. and what proof do you have that “germans are the most sexually crazy people on the planet.” you obviously have never lived in puerto rico!

  • jarboy

    Vagina makeovers all the rage… interesting article

  • Scott

    Sex dolls like to be anthropomorphized!

  • jarboy

    Scott: Sex dolls like to be anthropomorphized!

    i may be a sick fuck, scott, but i would neer do somethign like that, even to a doll!

  • http://adamash.blogspot.com adam

    Eric, Salon of all places, and then follow up to German link

    Nancy, they got a pic there, apparently one of two photos were found in some garbage can

    Joyce, what can I tell you? The Aryans on this site have already answered you

  • http://www.mondoirlando.com Aaron, Duke De Mondo

    Adam, this was excellent. an i followed the link through to the german site which does indeed have a picture of the doll, but also a very disturbing picture that i dare say i’ll take an hour or two to get rid of

  • Dr Hacky

    Renee Descartes, who was French, of course, beat the Germans by 200 years- he was reputed to have had a doll made of leather and metal.

  • paulie

    Joyce wrote: i am against teh nazis, but teh idea they invented soemthing which gives pleasure is wronmg, there isno way they invented it… The Nazis couldn’t invent anything that gives pleasure? Have you never rode in a VW convertible? The VW Beetle was concieved of by Porsche and Hitler. Kinda ironic that they then became the vehicle of choice for the hippy culture in America

  • Peyton Hash

    the nazis only lasting legacy? have you ever heard of volkswagen? now THATS a lasting nazi legacy.

  • http://www.sexdollsexdoll.com Jenna

    I agree that the VW is a lasting legacy of the Nazis. I knew they invented the sex doll but I did not ever know why they invented it till now.I read America started brothels in Hawii in order for American soldiers to have some RNR because the same reason as the Nazis the soldiers were having sex with prostitutes who had diseases.

  • http://www.sextoysparty.com Jessica

    Wow thats how the first one got invented pretty wild fact.

  • JCM

    Not to forget the Autobahn.

  • http://indemnification.blogspot.com -E

    Definately an interesting article.

  • http://blog.destination-fun.com disco legend zeke

    At about the time of his first ejaculation, almost every male human “invents” the sex doll.

    In Portnoy’s complaint” it was a jar of liver.

    Ther kama sutra gives directions for making a dildo.

  • WILLIAM A MAJOR

    looks like mary tyler moores face ! yeckk

  • sr

    Now we know why Al Gore is into global sex dolls.

  • comontator

    In wikipedia under sex doll it states that one of the oldest historical records of “sex dolls” dates back to the fifteenth century. French sailors would take on long trips a “dame de Voyage” life sized cloth doll, Natzi’s didn’t invent it they brought the concept back to the modern world, with new materials. Artists create, geniuses steal. And the natzi’s enslaved an awfull lot of geniuses.

  • Kat In The Hut

    You are confusing Nazi with German.

  • Pocket_Full_Of_Jizz

    dont really care about who invented the sex doll, but the sheer concept of the Nazis INVENTING the sex doll – that no other concept or model had ever been created – is quite simply preposterous. Even if the Egyptians had invented a portable vagina, or the Romans had invented the glory-hole, there is no way that those scummy, universally hated, pieces-of-trash Nazis could have created the first-EVER sex doll.

  • Being objective is hard

    This is a non objective article. The sex dolls are not the only legacy of the Nazis, not at all. They set the bases for many technological innovations of the later decades. Like the rocket technology used for space exploration and atomic fission used for nuclear power. Of course that doesn’t make them any better considering the crimes they commited towards humanity.

  • STM

    Adam old boy, sorry to burst your bubble, but rubbery dolls were doing the rounds, if that’s the word, in navies of the 19th century.

    Naval doctors of the era blamed the use of such things for the spread of venereal disease among ships’ crews.

    After your recent fine effort on solutions for Iraq, you’ve let this one slip without doing your homework and so the whole thing is therefore null and void.

    Nevertheless, if you are looking for someone to blame for pure filth and perversion, the Nazis are a great and deserving target. They were dirty bastards.

  • dave

    “perhaps the only legacy of theirs that endures to this very day”

    Are you Jewish? What about stealth planes, cruise missiles, intercontinental rockets, the first recording on magnetic tape was a Hitler speech.

  • TOCATL

    Well remember that the nazies liked the eficiency, and losing soldiers for deseace was not aceptable for them, and they had many advantages in the chemical fields, i believe that they maybe did it, because today there is the “real doll”, but after manu years of chemical science, in the 40`s they may had the knwoledge to make it happen.

  • http://ronson.ronco John

    Germans (not just the Nazi variety) either invented or had a hand in inventing many things we take for granted on a daily basis, not excluding military vehicles and weaponry. Pre-Nazi Germans are also one of the biggest immigrant groups in the United States. I believe the authour was stating that the Nazis invented the first life-like sex doll. As for the previous posters comments, a cloth thing about the size of a woman is not the same as something that looks and feels lifelike. It’s like a caveman’s wheel vs. the modern tire. Germans were and still are responsible for many advances in technology, education, psychology, physics, you name it.

  • Ruvy in Jerusalem

    This is one of Adam Ash’s best contributions to BC.

    As for Nazi lasting legacies, they include the autobahn, the Volkswagen, and in a less direct sense, the “New Age” movement.

    As for the plastic sex bomb, there is a point that came to me that makes me wonder: the goal of the plastic sex bomb was to prevent disease. How does this “organ” of the sex bomb get cleaned off so that Hans’ own diseases don’t infect Pieter’s peter?

  • Paul

    “What remained of the project was destroyed when allied warplanes destroyed Dresden in 1945. Which proves that the Dresden bombing was a true atrocity: now we don’t have a copy of the world’s first sex doll”

    Repulsive comment! Making mockery of the deliberate fire bombing of hundreds of thousands of civilians. I guess its somewhat acceptable to make such comments when the deceased are German women and children it appears. Hypocrisy

  • http:.//ruvysroost.blogspot.com Ruvy in Jerusalem

    “What remained of the project was destroyed when allied warplanes destroyed Dresden in 1945. Which proves that the Dresden bombing was a true atrocity: now we don’t have a copy of the world’s first sex doll”

    Repulsive comment! Making mockery of the deliberate fire bombing of hundreds of thousands of civilians. I guess its somewhat acceptable to make such comments when the deceased are German women and children it appears. Hypocrisy

    Gee, I dunno, Paul.

    We Jews took enough shit from the German pricks over a number of centuries that we’re entitled to a snide remark here and there.

    After all, when the Germans’ ancestors were still trying to figure out which variety of grass to wipe their butts with in the plains of central Asia, Adam Ash’s (and my) ancestors were princes here in Israel.

    You want to jump up and down and rant about hypocrisy? Go ahead and knock yourself out. But don’t expect me to be impressed.

  • Virago

    Considering its around 1945, the “first sex doll” is highly plausible no matter who we’re talking about here, after all, look at how many civilizations & sexual activity came before 1945…c’mon boys & gyrls…don’t be so easily led by the ears!

    No way, no how. There wasn’t too many “firsts” in sex by the time 1945 came around! Just a lot of secrets that people couldn’t bring themselves to understand, let alone say out loud. Thank God for the 21st century! You guys are much too easy. Ha! Peace.

  • fletcherScratchyCrotch

    Anyone who stands up for nazis are gaaaaaaay. I mean who would just hate a single race so much, for what reason? Did they read the bible and find were it says that the jews are the promised ones. And if anyone is offended by my post I dont give a rotten anal wart. =] yup that was off topic…

  • http://mp3sforum.com nylon

    i would neer do somethign like that, even to a doll!

  • Cris Corcoran

    Actually there are quite a few thing that the Nazis invented that are here to this very day, such as the Volkswagen Bug, the Autobahn and the concept of environmentalism and animal rights.

  • http://www.myspace.com/dawawndavis3 Dawawn Davis3

    you guys are gggggaaaaayyyyyy!!!!!!!

  • “Cole Train”

    Nazis suck.
    they are pretty ed up people
    hitler liked people to urinate and defecate on him
    he had only one testicle
    and he gave a cyanide capsule to his dog.
    not to mention, a certain GENOCIDE which will not be put into detail.

  • http://reborn-babydolls.com Jodie

    Creepy, god knows what they used them for…

  • Henk

    Actually there are quite a few thing that the Nazis invented that are here to this very day, such as the Volkswagen Bug, the Autobahn and the concept of environmentalism and animal rights.

    Yeah, and don’t forget child support and welfare checks

  • moom

    First operational jet fighter… oh and I wouldn’t exist if it wasn’t for the Nazis… (my parents would never have met if I my father didn’t flee from Germany)…

  • millinniummany3k

    Fuck, this for real? I was just browsing sex dolls, but now I’ve lost all interest.

  • JimJim

    Sex Dolls… maybe not called a doll at the time, but statues, sculptures and emblems acted as sex relief items.

  • JimJim

    Sorry… so I believe that “sex dolls” existed before there was even a name for such items

  • Love doll

    Interesting article. I don’t think the Nazi’s invented the sex doll. According to Wikipedia: “One of the earliest recorded appearances of manufactured sex dolls dates to 1908, in Iwan Bloch’s The Sexual Life of Our Time.”

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