Sara Young graduated with a BA from Marietta College in Ohio. Under the name Sara Pennypacker, she has written seven books for children, including the acclaimed Stuart series (Stuart's Cape) and the Clementine series. She lives on Cape Cod.
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Warning: This interview contains potential plot spoilers!
An Interview with Sara Young, author of My Enemy's Cradle
Cyrla lives with her Dutch relatives in Nazi-occupied Holland. She has been
successfully hiding the fact that she is half-Jewishuntil neighbors threaten to
expose her identity. Through an cruel twist of fate, Cyrla enters a Lebensborn
as her pregnant cousin, Anneke. Cyrla wants to keep her child, though, so she
resolves to leave the maternity home before the baby is born. But an unexpected
visit from the German soldier who fathered Anneke's baby complicates her plan to
escape. My Enemy's Cradle is a story of love and loss, sacrifice and survival.
How much did you know about the Lebensborn program before you began working on My Enemy's Cradle? What about this relatively unknown episode of history appealed to you as a writer?
I knew nothing about it before I took a walk with a friend, a WWII buff, who mentioned it. Right away I was shocked that something this large, that affected so many people, was largely unknownthat was the first appeal. But soon, as a writer, I began to wonder why no one had set a novel in such a ripe situation: a Lebensborn home was a natural crucible ...
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