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My Enemy's Cradle by Sara Young
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Apr 03, 11

bookshelves: 2011, ya, historical-fiction, wwii
Read in April, 2011

This was a very interesting and little known subject. The main character, Cyrla is a young Jewish woman who must hide in plain site, in a Lebensborn in order to evade capture by the Germans. I wonder if there was more character development going on in the author's head than what was on the page. Cyrla's behavior was so inexplicable at times, it defied belief. From her point of view I understand that the full horror of the Holocaust was not yet known and she is young. That is why I kept hoping for the best for her. She is alone and confused but when other characters try to help her, Cyrla keeps arguing with them, at her peril. The story is compelling and I read it straight through to see if Cyrla was actually going to survive the ordeal given her serious lapses in judgment.

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