The German Midwife by Mandy Robotham is a historical fiction novel set during World War II. This gripping and emotional story explores the life of a midwife named Anke Hoff, who is sent to a concentration camp after refusing to assist with Hitler’s eugenics program. The novel is a poignant portrayal of the atrocities of war and the strength of the human spirit.
Anke Hoff, a midwife in Germany during the Second World War, is forced to flee to England when she refuses to comply with the Nazi eugenics program. After a perilous journey, she is taken to a refugee camp where she meets an enigmatic man named Albert. Together they embark on a mission to find Anke’s sister-in-law, who has been taken to a concentration camp. As they travel through war-torn Europe, Anke discovers shocking truths about her own past and must confront the dark secrets of those around her.
Anke is a complex and resilient character who defies the oppressive regime of the Nazi party. She is a symbol of hope and courage in the face of unimaginable adversity. Her strength and determination to do what is right, even when it means risking her own life, make her a compelling and inspiring protagonist. Albert, the mysterious man who accompanies Anke on her journey, is a flawed and intriguing character who brings a sense of mystery and suspense to the story.
Themes and Symbolism
The German Midwife explores a variety of themes, including the nature of evil, the power of love, and the strength of the human spirit. The novel also contains powerful symbolism, such as the baby that Anke delivers while in captivity, which represents hope and new beginnings in the face of death and destruction.
Writing Style and Pacing
Mandy Robotham’s writing style is clear and evocative, bringing the settings and characters to life with vivid detail. The pacing is fast-paced and suspenseful, keeping the reader engaged throughout.
Overall, “The German Midwife” is a powerful and moving novel that explores themes of hope, resilience, and the power of the human spirit. It is a must-read for anyone interested in historical fiction or World War II literature. For those who enjoyed this book, I would highly recommend Mandy Robotham’s other bestseller, “The Secret Messenger,” which also explores themes of wartime resistance and survival.
Read my review of “The Secret Messenger” by Mandy Robotham here.