Title;- Cradles of the Reich
Author:- Jennifer Coburn
Date published:- will be published on October 11th 2022
No. of pages:- 320 pages
Genre:- Historical Fiction
Overall rating:- 5/5
Three women, a nation seduced by a madman, and the Nazi breeding program to create a so-called master race.
At Heim Hochland, a Nazi breeding home in Bavaria, three women’s fates are irrevocably intertwined. Gundi is a pregnant university student from Berlin. An Aryan beauty, she’s secretly a member of a resistance group. Hilde, only eighteen, is a true believer in the cause and is thrilled to carry a Nazi official’s child. And Irma, a 44-year-old nurse, is desperate to build a new life for herself after personal devastation. All three have everything to lose.
Based on untold historical events, this novel brings us intimately inside the Lebensborn Society maternity homes that actually existed
several countries during World War II, where thousands of “racially fit” babies were bred and taken from their mothers to be raised as part of the new Germany. But it proves that in a dark period of history, the connections women forge can carry us through, even driving us to heroism we didn’t know we had within us.
As a fan of Holocaust and WWII fiction, this book is one of the different types of historical fiction book I have read.
Based on the real events, the story talks about three women whose life have been impacted by the Nazi rule–Hilde is an ambitious woman who will blindly be loyal to the Nazi regime by producing a pure “Aryan” race child, Guddi who secretly was in love with a Jewish boy named Leo and was pregnant with his child and Sister Irma, is a nurser. All three are living in a place called Heim Hochland, a place for breeding perfect Aryan children.
The author must have done tremendous research although the names of the characters are fictious. I like really reading Hilde’s and Guddi’s parts, particularly the ending as well. The story is well written, taking you back to those times and making you feel like you are living in that era. All those propaganda about making perfect Aryan children race, Hilde’s blind loyalty towards the Nazi regime was all too realistic and the author has done a tremendous job writing tactfully on those topics. This also shows the courage and bravery of these women living during the Nazi regime.
If you are fascinated with historical fiction with women as central characters, then this book is one for you. Wort five stars
Many thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the ARC. The review is based on my honest opinion only.
Jennifer Coburn is the author of CRADLES OF THE REICH, a historical novel about three very different German women who meet at a Nazi Lebensborn breeding home.
She is the author of a travel memoir, six contemporary novel, and contributor to five literary anthologies. Jennifer has written for U-T San Diego, Washington Post, Miami Herald, Mothering magazine, The Huffington Post, Salon.com, and numerous other newspapers and magazines. She lives in San Diego with her husband William and their daughter Katie.