My Enemy's Cradle
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, sen
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My Enemy’s Cradle is love story filled with tragedy, heartbreak, and devastation. Which sounds incredibly contradictory, but it contains so much hope and love that the contrasting feelings pull the reader in one hundred direction ...more
Despite inundating myself with “Third Reich” literature over the last several years, I’d never before heard of the Lebensborn, homes for women impregnated (both willingly and unwillingly) by German soldiers.
Fair-haired Cyrla, the book’s protagonist, has a Dutch mother and a Polish-Jewish father. For five years, she lives with her mothe ...more
I liked that it dealt with an aspect of Nazi Germany that isn't talked about very often, which is the Lebensborn project. This project was a breeding program designed to propagate the Aryan race. Girls who passed rigorous tests to determine their heritage and who were carrying German babies were allowed to give b ...more
I enjoyed this book because it's a very interesting plot line that keeps you constantly on your toes as you read it. And the author does a wonderful job developing the characters, peeling away layer after lay ...more
That being said, I couldn't put this book down. I was hooked from the start. The storyline is intriguing. The Lebensborn is a home for mothers pregnant with German babies. Cyrla's cousin, Anneke, is pregnant and has passed the admissions requ ...more
The main character, Cyrla, is a mischling, which is what Germans called a person of mixed heritage, one not totally Aryan. She is young, barely 19, and often because of her pride she is careless and foolish. Her mistakes endanger others. She might even b ...more
The story for My Enemy's Cradle was very intriguing. I've never read a novel that centered on the Lebensborn program until now. And to have Jewish girl hiding in that setting?!?! Definitely a unique story. Once Cyrla got into the center, I was on pins and needles working my way through the novel. I desperately wanted to know how, or even if, she survived the ordeal and what ever happened to her baby. The actual story was the strongest part of this novel. It sucks you in, all the way thr ...more
Cyrla, our protagonist, is young. 19 in years but possibly younger emotionally. She's an immature and naïve woman living in terrifying and dangerous times, and she's ill-equipped to both deal with the situations she finds herself in or to smart ...more
I am utterly in love with the way Sara Young wrote this. In terms of style, this was frequently poetic and delicate and just so lovely to read. I was honestly inspired by the descriptive writing in this book and I found it very easy to really see and feel what Cyrla saw and felt due to the eloquence and clarity with which she 'spoke'. I found myself reading certain paragraphs and actually having to stop for a minute to contemplate just how gorgeous what I had j ...more
I wasn't sure about how I felt at first about Cyrla but she grew on me and I was rooting for her to keep her baby since the nazi's had taken enough already. I was fearing th ...more