In 1939, Rachel Kramer visits Germany with her professor father for a eugenics conference, where she receives a cryptic message from her childhood friend, Kristine, who is married to SS officer Gerhard Schlick. Kristine begs Rachel to take her little daughter Amelie back to America with her. Amelie is deaf and a “blemish” on Gerhard’s Nazi pedigree, and Kristine fears for Amelie’s life. Rachel can’t believe this, but American journalist Jason Young proves she is dead wrong.
In picturesque Oberammergau, Lea Hartmann mourns her inability to have children with her beloved Friederich but finds purpose in leading the children’s choir for the renowned Passion Play. When Jason leads Rachel and Amelie to Oberammergau, everything Rachel has known about herself and her family is upended. And how can they hide a deaf child in Hitler’s Germany?
Saving Amelie by Cathy Gohlke rivets you from the start. An exciting race of a story, built on the stories of two compelling women, so different in every way, yet more alike than they imagine. The plight of the handicapped in Nazi Germany comes to life in darling Amelie, shedding light on the dangers of the eugenics movement – the danger of any society that rules certain lives have no value. A beautifully written novel you won’t want to miss.