At Heim Hochland, a Nazi breeding home in Bavaria, three women's fates are irrevocably intertwined. Gundi is a pregnant university student from Berlin. An Aryan beauty, she's secretly a member of a resistance group. Hilde, only eighteen, is a true believer in the cause and is thrilled to carry a Nazi official's child. And Irma, a 44-year-old nurse, is desperate to build a new life for herself after personal devastation. All three have everything to lose.
Based on untold historical events, this novel brings us intimately inside the Lebensborn Society maternity homes that actually existed in several countries during World War II, where thousands of "racially fit" babies were bred and taken from their mothers to be raised as part of the new Germany. But it proves that in a dark period of history, the connections women forge can carry us through, even driving us to heroism we didn't know we had within us.
Kindle Edition, 320 pages
Published October 11th 2022
by Sourcebooks Landmark
One of the reasons I enjoy reading historical fiction is the educational part. Not that I don't love a good story but when mixed with some unknown pieces of the past just provides double the pleasure. Cradles of the Reich is one of those books that took me by surprise in the educational department. I know I shouldn't be surprised as to the things that took place during WW2 but this Nazi breeding home was something I knew nothing about.
Cradles is the story of 3 women who meet at one of these home that are part of the Lebensborn Society. While each of them are unique in their backgrounds and purposes that bringing them together I did struggle to connect. The tension I craved just wasn't enough to feel an emotions for them. The ending felt abrupt and left me with questions and not enough closure.
It was obvious the author has done her research and has a passion for this time period and story. With the gorgeous cover, enticing blurb and social media buzz I was hoping for a captivating story. Like I said the social media buzz is strong, which makes this a'me' issue.
My thanks to Sourcebooks Landmark and Netgalley for a digital arc in exchange for a honest review.