A young Jewish woman finds refuge from the terrors of WWII inside a Nazi birthing facility in this “gripping novel” set in war-torn Holland (Historical Novel Society).
Cyrla's neighbors have begun to whisper. Her cousin, Anneke, is pregnant. And she’s eligible for admission to the Lebensborn: a German maternity home for girls carrying Aryan babies. But Anneke's love, a German soldier, has disappeared. And she knows that Lebensborn babies are either released to their father's custody??—??or taken away.
Meanwhile, someone has discovered the truth of Cyrla’s identity. As a Polish Jew, she was sent to her Dutch relatives for safekeeping years ago. Now she must choose between certain discovery and posing as Anneke in the Lebensborn. But how can she take refuge in the enemy’s lair?
Mining a lost piece of history, author Sara Young takes readers deep inside the Nazi Lebensborn program. An elegy for the terrible choices women must sometimes make to survive, My Enemy’s Cradle is also a story of finding love, hope, and humanity in the darkest of times.
About the Author
Under the name Sara Pennypacker, SARA YOUNG has written seven books for children, including the acclaimed Stuart series (Stuart’s Cape) and Clementine. She lives on Cape Cod.
PRAISE FOR MY ENEMY'S CRADLE "Young's youthful characters--especially her heroine, Cyrla--are utterly believable, their longings, fears and hopes etched with an authenticity and sense of urgency that make this story vibrate on the page . . . Intensely romantic in a way that only wartime fiction can be. And it invokes, with a bit of an ache, Anne Frank's optimistic belief in happy endings."--USA Today "Sara Young shines a powerful flashlight on one of the lesser-known Nazi atrocities: the thievery of children from their mothers. Young's research is so scrupulous that when devouring this novel, you'll swear you're reading a genuine survivor account."--Jenna Blum, author of Those Who Save Us