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Read & Download Elle s'appelait Sarah 107 ¼ Paris July 1942 Ten year old Sarah is brutally arrested with her family in the Vel' d'Hiv' roundup the most notorious act of French collaboration with the Nazis but before the police come to take them Sarah locks her younger brother Michel in their favorite hiding place a cupboard in the family's apartmentEal from the terrible days spent shut in at the Vel' d'Hiv' to the camps and beyond As she probes into Sarah's past she begins to uestion her own place in France and to reevaluate her marriage and her lifeWriting about the fate of her country with a pitiless clarity Tatiana de Rosnay offers us a brilliantly subtle compelling portrait of France under occupation and reveals the taboos and denial surrounding this painful episode in French historyfront fla. 35 stars This is a dual timeline historical fiction novel about the arrests of Jewish families in France during WWII and their terrible experiences focusing on the actual historic Vel' d'Hiv' roundup in July 1942 and a modern journalist's investigation of that event and her search for some of the people involved The inside of the Vélodrome d'Hiver bicycle stadium demolished in 1959In the 1942 timeline in Paris a 10 year old girl is arrested with her Polish mother and father in the middle of the night Her 3 or 4 year old brother terrified hides himself in their secret hiding place a hidden cupboard Sarah locks him in assuring him that she'll be back in a few hours Instead her family is taken to the Vélodrome d'Hiver a bicycle stadium where they and thousands of other Jewish families including many children were held in deplorable conditions without enough food water or sanitary facilities for 5 days before being sent on to prison camps The family frantic to get their little boy plead with the police but nothing is doneIn the other timeline the year 2002 also in Paris Julia Jarmond an American journalist married to a Frenchman who has lived in Paris for about 25 years is asked to write an article about the Vel' d'Hiv's roundup on its 60th anniversary As she investigates she finds that her husband's family home is where Sarah's family lived before they were arrested Julia feels compelled to investigate this particular aspect of the tragedy and gets involved deeper and deeper despite resistance from her husband and othersThis book had a major impact on me and when I first finished it I thought it was an easy 4 stars despite some significant weaknesses in characterization and what felt like author manipulation But in the cold light of morning those things are bothering me The characters especially the present day ones are mostly stereotypes the suave cheating French husband the wise beyond her years daughter the over eager nurse at an abortion facility people hiding old secrets with a stiff upper lip It's pretty well written but they're still thin It's also an emotionally manipulative book from Sarah's experiences to Julia's love life I felt like the author was too obvious in pushing the reader to feel in certain waysBut there were a couple of unexpected twists for me in the plot and the Vel' d'Hiv' plotline is truly compelling It brought tears to my eyes I don't regret reading it at all if only because I'm glad to know about this tragic historical event

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Paris July 1942 Ten year old Sarah is brutally arrested with her family in the Vel' d'Hiv' roundup the most notorious act of French collaboration with the Nazis but before the police come to take them Sarah locks her younger brother Michel in their favorite hiding place a cupboard in the family's apartment She keeps the key thinking that she will be back within a few hoursParis May 2002 On Vel' d'Hiv's sixtieth anniversary Julia Jarmond an American jou. It should never be forgottenBy Sol TetelbaumReview Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay Almost a hundred readers published their reviews on Tatiana de Rosnay’s novel Sarah’s Key Most of them rated the book in four or five stars but some of them calling the novel “mediocre” showed a lower rating – three stars It is necessary to admit that their opinions weren’t unfounded and most critical comments were fair However from my standpoint despite the fair critical comments I don’t think it is necessary to list them the novel deserves a rather high rating and I will try to explain why The book is devoted to the Holocaust The author describes two stories One story is about the tragedy of a Jewish girl named Sarah The story is based on historical fact In 1942 on the orders of German military authorities French police brutally arrested all Jewish families in Paris Almost all of them perished in concentration camps The second parallel story is about an American journalist Julia Jermond who writing an article about Vel’ d’Hiv’s roundup found out many horrible details of this crime committed by French police France wanted to forget about its anti human past and thoroughly concealed it The author reminds us of those tragic facts I am not going to retell the stories They are already well known but the book gave birth to some of my thoughts In her novel the author writes with anxiety and great concern that people want to forget about the Holocaust One character of the book says “Bringing back the past is never a good idea especially whatever happened during the war No one wants to be reminded of that nobody wants to think about that” The book demonstrates that such amnesia can be deadly For a long time naïve people believed that the world moves in the direction of higher level of humanization In their naivety they missed the point when one of the most horrible and bloodthirsty variety of anthropoids resembling humans became active Russian anthropoids captured power in the Soviet Russia invented concentration camps and killing over a million innocent people yearly Over a period of 20 years they killed at least 20 million maybe Then World War II broke out and the world forgot about the 20 million innocent victims Humanlike anthropoids appeared in other countries and people continued to believe that they were ordinary criminals People’s beliefs melted like a piece of paper in acid when the terrifying truth about fascist factories of deaths became known People couldn’t believe what they learned Using modern technology fascist anthropoids made the killing of humans a branch of industry For human beings the Holocaust is impossible to understand it is just unexplainable And the only way to prevent it from happening again is to never forget it The reviewed book is multidimensional emotionally written but unfortunately as it has been mentioned in some reviews it has weak points as well Nevertheless I was impressed with the book its main message makes the readers think and this is a sign of good literature The advantage of the book is in the strong civic position of the author that I think has made the book a bestseller This book is about events which were not wide known; it reminds people about the necessity to be alert Otherwise the modern anthropoids will commit a new Holocaust and now all people can become their victims They already are trying to convince us that there is nothing to remember; there wasn’t a Holocaust at all In general the book is well written and author’s voice is strong In my opinion the book deserves not less than four stars Everybody who cares about human life who reads books not just for entertainment will read this book with interest and will continue to return to it in hisher mind Sol Tetelbaum

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Elle s'appelait SarahRnalist is asked by her Paris based American magazine to write an article about this black day in France's past Julia has lived in Paris for nearly twenty five years married a Frenchman and she is shocked both by her ignorance about the event and the silence that still surrounds it In the course of her investigation she stumbles onto a trail of long hidden family secrets that connects her to Sarah Julia finds herself compelled to retrace the girl's ord. This story could only have been written by a French person because anyone else could and possibly would be seen as casting stones Fortunately Tatiana de Rosnay is a French citizen and her bravery is outstanding as she brings to light the heartbreaking historical story that runs underneath the fictional story like a dark terrifying catacomb below the streets of Paris On July 16 and 17 1942 13152 Jews were arrested in Paris and the suburbs deported and assassinated at Auschwitz In the Véledrome d’Hiver that once stood on this spot 1129 men 2916 women and 4115 children were packed here in inhuman conditions by the government of the Vichy police by order of the Nazi occupant May those who tried to save them be thanked Passerby never forget Those are the words on a plaue near where the original Véledrome d’Hiver nicknamed the Vel’ d’Hiv’ was located A huge arena with seats and galleries reaching nearly to the roof where usually races were held; on those days of July the walls were filled permanently with fear confusion desolation and misery Over six thousand Parisian policemen were commissioned to carry out this atrocityThis is the story of Sarah who with her parents were part of “the roundup” This is also the story of Julia who for the 60th anniversary was to write the story of this terrible event for the American magazine she worked for in Paris The stories of these two characters become inextricably bound as Julia’s research for her article branches off into a uest to learn about one particular little girl SarahThis novel is brilliant and so well written that when I set the book down the first time after starting it I was convinced I would never be able to write a review because I was too upset Not just upset angry We are now almost 77 years removed from this event – and how uickly we forgetI wasn’t going to but I did edit out several paragraphs of a rant about how close we all are to yet atrocities in our current world climate They are already happening Ultimately 76000 Jews were deported from France for assassination during occupation by the Nazis This could not have happened without the cooperation of the police and the people who informed on their friends neighbours doctors lawyers teachers writers artists librarians salespeople service contractors I don’t think we have to look very hard or very far to see how close we are to this same level of blind ignorance driven and manufactured fear that leads to catastrophe Yet power mongers continue to manufacture and use fear – and continue to be listened to revered and in some cases elected to offices of authority and powerKudos to Tatiana de Rosnay for her courage in telling this story It has already been read by millions of people around the world My hope is that it continues to be read by millions Zakhor Al Tichkah Remember Never forget