The Curator’s Daughter

Written by Dobson Melanie
Review by Bryan Dumas

Present day. Ember Ellis is a Ph.D. student researching the Holocaust. She hopes to find a person who, despite the dangers, fought against the Nazi regime. In doing so, Ember wants to tell the story of the forgotten people from the war. An elderly former teacher, Mrs. Kiehl, who inspired Ember, is beginning to remember a fractured past. In it, she recalls her mother working for the Ahnenerbe, but that she also helped the Jewish people of Nuremberg retain their stories.

1940. Hanna Tillich is an archeologist for the Ahnenerbe searching for proof of the purity of Aryan blood. When she is reassigned from the field to a museum in Nuremberg, Hanna slowly uncovers a secret Nazi horror—the treasures she is cataloging in the museum have been stolen from the Jewish families who are slowly disappearing from Nuremberg. Forced into a marriage by Himmler to an SS officer, Hanna is also forced to adopt a young daughter, Lilly—who is stolen from her family in Poland.

Dobson skillfully weaves the two narratives together and includes captivating subplots for each. Drawing from historical events and modern-day issues, Dobson creates a story that transcends the years and combines multiple themes—resilience, faith, and forgiveness—and is filled with vivid historical details and emotional twists. Inspirational elements are carefully interlaced throughout and support the overall narrative rather than stand apart as their own message. A great book for fans of WWII inspirational stories.