Set in the terrifying months prior to the outbreak of WWII, Kindertransport follows a moral and loving nurse as she attempts to make sense of the Nazi regime. After watching the SS arrest several friends and in fear of succumbing to the same fate, Erika voluntarily leaves her hospital job and assumes one in a countryside castle. Her task is to care for handicapped children – the very children whom the Reich has identified as undesirable.
Struggling to keep herself, her family and her loved ones, including the children under her care, safe, Erika stumbles upon the Reich’s plan to euthanize all children with disabilities. She watches as her castle and her country fall under the spell of the Nazis, and swiftly realizes she has nowhere to turn.
Except to Rikard. After meeting in her priest’s office, Erika and Rikard embark upon a stormy romance that only turns more tumultuous as the Reich laws take away more and more personal freedoms. Once Rikard realizes Erika’s determination to save the disabled children from euthanasia, he quickly jumps on board. But is Rikard truly to be trusted? And can Erika and the children survive the Nazis?
Kindtertransport is an engaging novel that focuses on a little discussed piece of history: German citizen resistance to the Nazi regime. Wonderfully detailed, Childers provides readers with a view of what it meant to be German immediately prior to the beginning of war. The children and the Reich’s intent for their lives will touch even the most unsympathetic hearts.
Can she trust Rickard, when he wears an SS uniform?