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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Barnesville Public Library COB (Text) 33500013737416 New Checked out 02/22/2023
Hawley Public Library COB (Text) 33500013737408 New Checked out 02/23/2023

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  • ISBN: 9781728250748
  • ISBN: 1728250749
  • Physical Description: 305 pages ; 24 cm
  • Publisher: Naperville, Illinois : Sourcebooks Landmark, [2022]

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Includes reading group guide on pages 300-301.
Summary, etc.:
"At Heim Hochland, a Nazi sanctioned maternity home in Bavaria, three women's fates are irrevocably intertwined. Gundi is a pregnant student from Berlin--an Aryan beauty, she's secretly a member of a resistance group. Hilde, only 18, 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 women's homes that actually existed in several countries during World War II, when thousands of babies were 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"-- Provided by publisher.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2022 November #2
    Based on historical events in Nazi Germany, this novel follows the lives of three women who intersect at Heim Hochland as part of the Lebensborn breeding program intended to help racially fit women produce Aryan babies for Hitler. Gundi is a university student involved in the resistance who finds herself pregnant by her activist Jewish boyfriend. Hilde is eighteen, underappreciated at home, devoted to Hitler's regime, and eager to raise her status by having a Nazi official's baby. Irma is a nurse who lost her fiancé and unborn child during the Great War, discovered her beau concealing a woman in his cellar, and needs the fresh start that working at Heim Hochland offers. Surrounded by looted art and antiques, sustained by the best food available, and subject to the whims of powerful men, these women find connections among the expectant mothers, "apprentice" mothers, and employees of the facility. When Gundi's child is born with obviously non-Aryan characteristics, she learns of the potential consequences (euthanasia) and must seek help where she can. Parallels may be drawn between Nazi eugenics then and reproductive agency now, and the fundamental sexism of men making decisions about women's bodies, providing ample topics for discussion groups. For fans of Martha Hall Kelly's The Lilac Girls (2016), Lisa See's The Island of Sea Women (2019), Jennifer Worth's Call the Midwife (2002), and World War II women's stories. Copyright 2022 Booklist Reviews.

Subject: Lebensborn e.V. (Germany) > Fiction.
Eugenics > Germany > History > 20th century > Fiction.
Pregnant women > Fiction.
Anti-Nazi movement > Germany > Fiction.
World War, 1939-1945 > Women > Germany > Bavaria > Fiction.
World War, 1939-1945 > Children > Fiction.
Genre: Historical fiction.
Fictional Work
Historical fiction.

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