About the author:
Jennifer Coburn is the author of the mother-daughter travel memoir, We’ll Always Have Paris, as well as six contemporary women’s novels. Additionally, Jennifer has contributed to five literary anthologies, including A Paris All Your Own.
Jennifer lives in San Diego with her husband, William. Their daughter, Katie is currently in graduate school. When Jennifer is not going down historical research rabbit holes, she volunteers with So Say We All, a live storytelling organization, where she is a performer, producer, and performance coach. She is also an active volunteer with Reality Changers, a nonprofit that supports low-income high school students in becoming the first in their families to attend college. She specializes in college essay development, interview prep, and all-around tiger mothering.
Cradles of the Reich is a fictional account of young women of the Reich, based on true events, this historical novel was inspired by the true and largely untold stories of the Lebensborn program, Himmler’s state-supported homes housing young women whose sole purpose was to give birth to pure blooded Aryan children, to be raised by SS families as future leaders of new Nazi Germany.
Three women at the Heim Hochland Lebensborn home seemingly have nothing in common but wind up radically altering the trajectories of one another’s lives. Gundi Schiller is a 20-year-old student from Berlin, and a member of the Nazi resistance movement. An Aryan beauty, she is forced to live at Heim Hochland after she finds herself pregnant. Not only does she despise the Nazis, but if her baby’s true paternity is revealed, her newborn’s life would be in jeopardy.
Hilde Kramer, on the other hand, is a true believer who has succeeded at little in her 18 years until she manages to seduce a high-ranking Nazi official, and is overjoyed about spending her pregnancy at Heim Hochland. She is as pathetic as she is cruel. Irma Binz is a 44-year-old nurse who, after a humiliating break up with her fiancé, accepts an offer to work at the maternity home. Initially naïve, she slowly comes to understand the true nature of the Lebensborn Society.
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