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.
A half-Christian, half-Jewish family is caught up in the intrigue of the second World War. Gabi, the mother, was born Jewish but reverted to Christianity. The father, Willibald, is torn: he is ashamed of his family with half-Jewish children as an admirer of Hitler, but he also loves his family. An unique angle to focus on this particular family’s trials during the war, but I enjoyed it. Gabi was my favorite character, and I could easily relate to her frustration.
Recommended for readers who enjoy women’s fiction or books set during the war.