THE LONG SHADOW OF THE LEBENSBORN
The subject of the wartime Lebensborn homes and the fate of their former inmates has been much in the news recently, and has been further stimulated by the German-Norwegian film Two Lives. My novel, The Lebensborn Boy, co-written under the pen name of Roy Havelland and based on real events, throws a new and sinister light on the affair.
The story of the novel:
Long after the end of Hitler’s Reich, many are still traumatised by one of its projects – the chain of homes known as Lebensborn (wellspring of life) for unwanted children of German soldiers and women of the occupied countries.
In a Europe divided by the Cold War, the East German intelligence service, the Stasi, is using selected former Lebensborn inmates for its own sinister purposes. In this compelling narrative a Danish family is caught up in a cruel conspiracy.
From the Orwellian world of East Berlin to the fetish clubs of Hamburg’s St Pauli district, and from the death traps of the East-West border to Denmark’s wind-blown Baltic islands, this many-layered story of deception, betrayal and love moves to a shattering climax, which only reaches its astonishing dénouement in the re-united Berlin of 1990.
“George Orwell meets John le Carré” – Irish writer J.H. Brennan.