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Someone Named Eva by Joan M. Wolf
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Apr 25, 2012

it was amazing
bookshelves: holocaust, young-adult, favorites
Read in April, 2012

I couldn't put this book down. It is a fictionalized account of a topic I had previously known nothing about--the kidnapping of Eastern European children (e.g., Polish, Czech, etc.) by Nazis to be placed first in Lebensborn centers and later to be adopted as "Aryan" children into German families.

This is a book geared for the juvenile audience. While there is very little in the book that details the horrors of the Holocaust, I think the topic itself would probably be incredibly terrifying to children. (Perhaps more so than even the subject of concentration camps because being taken from their family would be an idea that might be easier to comprehend--and thus be scared of--then the horrors of a camp.)

Here are a couple of articles about this topic (some better written than others, but I could find very little information about this policy):

http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/j...
General discussion of the Lebensborn project, discussing both the kidnapping of "Aryan"-featured children and the encouragement by Himmler for "Aryan"-featured women to get pregnant by SS and Wermacht officers.

http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/j...
This article isn't incredibly well written but it's from an oral interview with a UNRRA worker, whose responsibility (in part) was to track down these children--her description is a MUST READ!

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/artic...
Some inaccuracies in this article, but not bad.

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