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Book Journal Author Hélène Berr

Journal Author Hélène Berr Book ↠ 307 pages Ù Reflectionslisburnltd ë From April 1942 to February 1944 Hélène Berr a recent graduate of the Sorbonne kept a journal of her life in Nazi occupied Paris seeking refuge from the harsh realities of being a Jew under the Vichy regime Hélène writes ofForced to march to Bergen Belsen where she died in April 1945 just days before British troops arrived to liberate the camp The Journal of Hélène Berr is both an intensely moving intimate document and a significant contribution to the history of the Holocaus As Journal has been on my to read list for uite some years now I'm so pleased that I've finally had the opportunity to read it It is undoubtedly an intelligent and well written work but I do not feel as though I was able to connect with it as I have done almost every single World War Two journal which I've read to date I'm unsure why; it's not as though it was impersonal on Berr's behalf but it just didn't have the same power to it as works by the likes of Eva Schloss Anne Frank Clara Kramer etc Perhaps it was due to the sheer amount of what I imagine to be friends and acuaintances who were mentioned but never introduced Whilst Journal is a fascinating and harrowing record of wartime life I am a little disappointed that it didn't uite live up to my expectations It is wonderful however that Berr's journals have been published at last I must admit that this is of a 35 star read than a 4

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Eauty of her city striving to remain calm and rational even as tragedy closes in In 1944 Hélène and her parents were arrested and sent to Drancy On her twenty third birthday they were taken to Auschwitz where her parents died within six months Hélène was This book is a wonder and at the same time a poignant reminder of how many extraordinary people suffered an ignominious fate when they were in fact GREAT human beings writers artists or merely PEOPLE OF GOOD HEART After having reread recently Etty Hillesum's books I was absolutely taken by this Hélène Berr this excellent human being who saved 500 children from deportation who did all the voluntary dangerous work she did who also might have escaped yet decided against it who was deported and stayed strong enough to survive until April 1945 and ended up dying of typhus not long before the liberation of Bergen Belsen They call her the French Anne Franck because like Anne she kept a Diary was deported to Bergen Belsen and both died of typhus there just a week or so apart But I would compare her rather to Etty Hillesum They age is closer both kept Diaries and wrote letters that survived them both had their Diaries published much latter than their deaths both left a legacy of HUMAN STANDARDS that many friends still follow both faced the beauty that surrounded them Etty in Amsterdam or at the country side and Hélène in Paris or at Aubergenvillethat illustrates the exuisiteness of their spirit which in the midst of the greatest distress manages to soar to the greatest sight of Happiness and Gratefulness in the sight of BeautyOf course the greatest difference would be in Etty Hillesum's explicit relation to God which I think exists also in Hélène but unconsciously from herAll in all a book that I loved reading and that moved me The writing is luminous as only Paris can be in certain Autumn days Hélène is beautiful vivacious hard working an intellectual and an artist who revels in playing Beethoven Mozart Shubert etc Her violin and her Diary seem to be alongside with her multifaceted reading the great driving forces in her too short lifeMaria CarmoLisbon 4 November 2014

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Journal Author Hélène BeFrom April 1942 to February 1944 Hélène Berr a recent graduate of the Sorbonne kept a journal of her life in Nazi occupied Paris seeking refuge from the harsh realities of being a Jew under the Vichy regime Hélène writes of literature music love and the b I have a duty to write because other people must know Every hour of every day there is another painful realization that other folk do not know do not even imagine the suffering of other men the evil that some of them inflict And I am still trying to make the painful effort to tell the storyHélène Berr writes these words on October 10 1943 a year and a half after the opening entry of The Journal of Hélène Berr This entry marks a profound change in the emotional and intellectual life of a compassionate smart sophisticated but sheltered young woman Hélène Berr is one of five children of an upper middle class Parisian family Although she is raised by an Ashkenazi Jewish father and Sephardic Jewish mother religion plays far less a role in her life than secular education She is a graduate of the Sorbonne seeking an advanced degree as her journal begins She is an accomplished musician linguist and scholar of Western literature Hélène is curious articulate and like many young women in the bloom of their early twenties she loves the attention of men she adores her many female friends; she lives for the pleasure of weekends in the country and discussing literature in Parisian cafés But she is a Jew It is Occupied Paris 1942 And this remarkable account by a young woman living through the nightmare of Nazi occupation and French collusion is a uniue treasure rarely are we able to hold in our hands heart and mind the real time thoughts and actions of a life in drastic transition The obvious comparison to Hélène's journal is The Diary of Anne Frank The difference is that Hélène is free as she writes she is able to move about her beloved Paris she has means and a degree of social freedom For the reader this holds a particular pain we know this spirited woman is doomed yet we rejoice with her as she gathers flowers at the family's country home in Aubergenville as she contemplates her future with one of two men who may love her as she practices Bach and trembles at Keats Reading I ache to push her south to Spain west to England I whisper Run run Hélène run while there is still time Hélène's journal from April November 1942 is a slow progression from anecdotes about the impact of war on daily life in Paris to growing indignation and fear at the vulnerability of her Jewish family and friends The most unspeakable happens her father is arrested in June 1942 and sent to Drancy a prison camp just outside the city Amazingly he is released a few months later and shortly after that Hélène falls silent for nearly a year It is when she resumes her journal again in October 1943 that the pretty flighty girl has become an analytical hardened woman The compassion and the appreciation of beauty remain but Hélène seems resigned to her fate I found this passage so profound Who amongst us has not asked how the German people allowed the Holocaust to happen Could the soldiers of the Occupation all have been monsters Hélène writes 'So why do the German soldiers I pass on the street not slap or insult me Why do they uite often hold the metro door open for me and say Excuse me miss when they pass in front Why Because those people do not know or rather they have stopped thinking; they just want to obey orders So they do not even see the incomprehensible illogicality of opening a door for me one day and perhaps deporting me the next day yet I would still be the same person They have forgotten the principle of causality There is also the possibility that they do not know everything The atrocious characteristic of this regime is its hypocrisy They do not know all the horrible details of the persecutions because there is only a small group of torturers involved alongside the GestapoHélène and her parents are arrested in their home in March 1944 Hélène perishes at Bergen Belsen in November 1944 five days before the camp is liberated by the British Hélène regularly gave pages of her journal to a family employee; a surviving family member in turn gave the journal to Hélène's true love Jean Morawiecki The translator David Bellos shepherded the work to publication in France in 2008 to enormous acclaim The original manuscript now resides at the beautiful and haunting Mémorial de la Shoah in Paris's Marais district Hélène is an extraordinary writer she has the soul of a poet and the vocabulary of a scholar Her words are a gift to her readers her life a sacrifice without sense We honor her memory by honoring her wish that by reading what she saw and experienced we will never forget