Nadia has immigrated to Canada from World War II Germany with a Ukranian man and woman who she calls mother and father although they are not. This kind and loving couple have rescued her from a situation and past that she does not remember. She is haunted by flashbacks and dreams that make her question her past and wonder if she might have been a Nazi. Blond and blue-eyed Nadia is confused about her parentage. She remembers being part of a German family and attending rallies. Her new “parents” assure her that she is not a Nazi but what is she and what is her place in the world?
This story brings to light the Lebensborn Program in which the Nazis took children who fit their ideal of “Aryan” perfection from their parents and gave them to German families. Hundreds of thousands of children were torn from their families in this horrifying “experiment to increase the “Aryan” German population.
The reader feels Nadia’s anguish as she finds her place in the new world.
Tessa's Picks,5th summer 2019, Historical fiction.