Sarah's Key :two families, linked by death, and a secret

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By Steve Pollack for the Jewish Literay Review



The
Vel d'Hiv had been an indoor cycling track located near the Eiffel Tower in Paris. Built in the early part of the last century, it was used over the years for everything from six-day bicycle races to ice hockey, wrestling, boxing, roller-skating, circuses and concerts.

But it was for one event in particular that it will always be remembered: the July 16, 1942 raid in which French police — acting on instructions from the occupying Germans — began rounding up approximately 13,000 Jews from their homes in Paris and the nearby region. The police sent many of the adults to the concentration camp located in Drancy, north of Paris. The others, many of them parents with children, were sent to the Vel d'Hiv where they stayed for six dreadful days. According to some accounts, as many as 7,500 people were held there with no lavatories, no place to sleep, unbearable heat, very little water and only a smattering of food. The conditions drove some to suicide. Most of those who lived through the nightmare were sent to French concentration camps before making their final destination to Auschwitz.

It is against the backdrop of this terrible event in French history that Tatiana de Rosnay set her terrific new novel, Sarah's Key. (read on here)



Many thanks to Steve Pollack for this review.
Author photo Philippe Matsas

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virginie 13/03/2010 15:42


Merci à vous de nous rendre ce que nous oublions  si facilement "notre humanité", nos larmes de rage et de honte.