My Enemy's Cradle

My Enemy's Cradle

Large Print - 2008
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Cyrla's neighbors have begun to whisper. Her cousin, Anneke, is pregnant and has passed the rigorous exams for admission to the Lebensborn, a maternity home for girls carrying German babies. But Anneke's soldier has disappeared, and Lebensborn babies are only ever released to their father's custody-- or taken away. A note is left under the mat. Someone knows that Cyrla, sent from Poland years before for safekeeping with her Dutch relatives, is Jewish. The Nazis are imposing more and more restrictions; she won't be safe there for long. And then in the space of an afternoon, life falls apart. Cyrla must choose between certain discovery in her cousin's home and taking Anneke's place in the Lebensborn-- Cyrla and Anneke are nearly identical. If she takes refuge in the enemy's lair, can Cyrla fool the doctors, nurses, guards, and other mothers-to-be? Can she escape before they discover she is not who she claims? Mining a lost piece of history, Sara Young takes us deep into the lives of women living in the worst of times. Part love story and part elegy for the terrible choices we must often make to survive, MY ENEMY'S CRADLE keens for what we lose in war and sings for the hope we sometimes find.
Publisher: Waterville, Me. : Thorndike Press, 2008.
Edition: Large print ed.
ISBN: 9781410406514
1410406512
Characteristics: 547 p. ; 22 cm.

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MillieBT
Apr 24, 2018

2 cousins Anneke (the perfect one) and Cyrla (the half Jewish poet hiding her religion in
hopes of avoiding the camps)........the main character ends up in the Lebensborn Programme
(a maternity home for women pregnant with the children of the Aryan Nation...touching read

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SuzeParker
Mar 11, 2017

Despite having read lots of novels set in WWII, this book was my first exposure to Nazi Germany's Lebensborn program for young women who were pregnant with "good German soldiers'" babies. The Lebensborn women ate well and were well cared for during their pregnancies. But for the protagonist, Cyrla, who's half Jewish, pregnant with her Jewish lover's child and in the Lebensborn under an assumed identity, the experience comes with high risk. While a little predictable, this was a well-written book that gave me insight into a new aspect of WWI.

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Mickeyt
Mar 30, 2015

Loved this book. At the end of each chapter just had to read on and couldn't stop!

annredpath98 Mar 28, 2015

Why does is the status: WITHDRAWN.
It appears this title is in the library's collection.

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nicole_jesusfreak
Oct 19, 2010

amazingly heartbreaking.
this book is an unique look at the holocaust and the pregnant women involved! if you like reading about the holocaust i recommend this.

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