Friday Morning Bookclub

June 3, 2010

My Enemy’s Cradle By Sara Young

Filed under: Historical Fiction,My Enemy's Cradle — susanbright @ 9:30 pm

If you read this month’s book, I am sure you are wondering what happened to all of the babies born in the Lebensborn Homes once the war was over. It is estimated that approximately 20,000 babies were born in Lebensborn Homes which were located in Germany, France, Norway, Belgium and Luxenburg.

“I’m appalled how pupils listen to Nazi history with incredible distance these days. They know a lot about it but it doesn’t touch them emotionally. It’s like ancient Rome to them,” said Heidenreich.

“It’s our duty to tell our stories.”

Gisela Heidenreich was born in a Lebensborn Home. Her mother was a secretary woking in the home, her father a SS Officer.

Check out some of their stories:



  1. These stories are horrifying, as much because of the coverup that has followed for so many decades. I urge others to read the stories, and know more about the legacy of WWII. But when you read, it’s good to keep in mind that there is equal suffering happening around the world in 2010 as well!

    Comment by Marilyn — June 4, 2010 @ 4:14 pm | Reply

    • Welcome Marilyn, and thank you for your insightful comment!

      Comment by susanbright — June 4, 2010 @ 5:12 pm | Reply

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