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Nazi Germany. 1936.

In the Lebensborn program, carefully selected German women are recruited by the Nazis to give birth to new members of the Aryan race. Inside one of these women is Max, literally counting the minutes until he is born and he can fulfill his destiny as the perfect Aryan specimen.

Max is taken away from his birth mother soon after he enters the world. Raised under the ideology and direction of the Nazi Party, he grows up without any family, without any affection or tenderness, and he soon becomes the mascot of the program. That is until he meets Lukas, a young Jewish boy whom he knows he is meant to despise. Instead, the friendship that blossoms changes Max's world forever.

Translated from the original French, Sarah Cohen-Scali brings the details of the Lebensborn program to light in this haunting and heartbreaking novel.

A Neal Porter Book

Publisher: New York : Roaring Brook Press, 2016.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781626720718
Branch Call Number: YA FIC Cohen
Characteristics: 421 pages ; 22 cm


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Sep 15, 2017

I just couldn't get into this. I think the narrating baby is what I can't deal with--he's obnoxious and, in case you missed it, he's a baby. I don't understand babies when they can't talk, let alone this one that only talks about Hitler and breastfeeding. I'm sure it's good, as it won a ton of awards, but it was just too dry for me and really weird.

Sep 11, 2017

Wow. This book is really breathtaking. This story tells of the Lebensborn program in WWII, and one of those children from the Lebensborn children is Max. This story is dark, it shows you the evil side of human nature, but it ends with a bit of hope. Totally new material, and a reminder of the tragedies of was.

Aug 21, 2017

This book was an interesting look in the Aryan race and the life of a young Nazi. I was surprised at some of the things that were going on in this time that I didn't previously know about. I was also surprised by the post-war circumstances in Germany that this book brought to my attention. I recommend this book to people who like history and want to know what went on during the second world war in Germany.

Apr 28, 2017

I think this book has a great premise but the story is told in such a strange way. This book was originally writing in French and this is the translation- maybe that's why? The story is told from first person perspective. Max begins the story from the womb. He is a true little Nazi and even in-utero uses crude language and explains the interworking's of the Lebensborn program. I just didn't find Max believable. But this book did introduce me to the Lebensborn program that was created in 1930's Nazi Germany.

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Apr 28, 2017

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