Book review by Aarene Storms: Stolen Girl

Saturday, October 26, 2019

Stolen Girl by Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch

Nadia and her adoptive parents have come to Canada after living in a displaced-persons camp at the end of WWII.

But Nadia's memories of her life before the camp don't seem to match what her family tells her: they say she is not German, but she remembers speaking German.

They say she was not a Nazi, but she remembers seeing the man she called "Vater" speaking to Adolf Hitler himself.

Who is Nadia really? And... who was she?

Inspired by her own family stories, Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch (author of Making Bombs for Hitler) brings to light the little-known Nazi Lebensborn ("Fount of Life") program, intended to increase the number of Aryan children so that the master race could populate Europe.

The story is brief (less than 200 pages) but powerful. Highly recommended for readers 10 to adult.

The events may not have happened; still, the story is true. --R. Silvern

Aarene Storms, youth services librarian
Richmond Beach and Lake Forest Park Libraries, KCLS


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