Author: Christopher New
Genre: Historical Fiction, Women’s Fiction
The Kaminsky Cure is a poignant yet comedic novel of a half Jewish/half Christian family caught up in the machinery of Hitler’s final solution. The matriarch, Gabi, was born Jewish but converted to Christianity in her teens. The patriarch, Willibald, is a Lutheran minister who, on one hand is an admirer of Hitler, but on the other hand, the conflicted father of children who are half-Jewish. Mindful and resentful of her husband’s ambivalence, Gabi is determined to make sure her children are educated, devising schemes to keep them in school even after learning that any child less than 100% Aryan will eventually be kept from completing education. She even hires tutors who are willing to teach half-Jewish children and in this way comes to hire Fraulein Kaminsky who shows Gabi how to cure her frustration and rage: to keep her mouth filled with water until the urge to scream or rant has passed.
Review: A poignant, intriguing historical novel about one family's struggle during World War II. One man struggles with sympathizing with Hitler while loving his own children, who are half-Jewish. One woman struggles with providing her half-Jewish children with a decent education. And amidst that comes Fraulein Kaminsky, who teaches the woman a cure to deal with her rage at the injustice of this world. An authentic portrayal of ordinary life during the second World War, with characters that act like real people.