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Sarahs Schlüssel. (2007)

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Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay (2007)

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    The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne (vvstokkom)
    vvstokkom: Ondanks dat het een zwaar onderwerp betreft, leest het net zo makkelijk weg.
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    The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer (vulgarboatman)
    vulgarboatman: Similar themes surrounding a journalist discovering the layers of secrets about a mystery from WWII, along with an exploration of the effect of these events on the survivors, their families, and ultimately on the journalist herself.
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    The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (vulgarboatman)
  4. 30
    Suite Française by Irène Némirovsky (SqueakyChu)
    SqueakyChu: Both are novels that take place in Nazi-occupied France during WWII.
  5. 30
    Shadows of a Childhood by Elisabeth Gille (smcwl)
    smcwl: In this novel, written by Irene Nemirovsky's daughter, a young girl in Paris during the Occupation successfully hides during a police search, then stays hidden by a convent girls school during the war. Memorable images of the hotel set up as a post-war hospital and center for finding lost family members. Highly recommend.… (more)
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    Those Who Save Us by Jenna Blum (dara85)
    dara85: This also deals with the Holocaust. The book revolves around secrets that covers two generations.
  7. 42
    The Virgin Blue by Tracy Chevalier (JGoto)
    JGoto: This book has the same format and setting, but is a much better novel. The past deals with the Huguenots in France rather than the persecution of Jews.
  8. 10
    The Sixth Lamentation by William Brodrick (cransell)
    cransell: This novel also deals with the Vichy period in France, the aftermath of events that had happened there, and family secrets. It's a great read, if you found that time period interesting.
  9. 10
    The Things We Cherished: A Novel by Pam Jenoff (dara85)
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    Ik schrijf u vanuit het Vel d'Hiv by Karen Taieb (guurtjesboekenkast)
    guurtjesboekenkast: Ook Sarah werd naar het Vélodrome d'Hiver in Parijs gebracht voordat ze naar het concentratiekamp werd gedeporteerd. Tatiana de Rosnay heeft zelfs het voorwoord geschreven voor dit boek.
  11. 03
    Het meisje uit de trein by Irma Joubert (guurtjesboekenkast)
    guurtjesboekenkast: Dit boek gaat ook over de tijd van de Holocaust

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What a heart-warming, emotional story about a tragic part of history. Switching between the July 1942 events of Vel d'Hiv' and 2002, this story left me stunned. And while the characters are fictional, the sadness of it is all too real. I thought the characters were well rounded out and the description was vivid. My heart went out to these imaginary characters, as I have no doubt that there are plenty of actual people like them that existed. And while the events are horrific, this book shows that there are/were plenty of good people, even in the worst on times. People who would have done anything and everything to protect those is in trouble. And also another poignant message was given: never forget. After all, those who forget the past are bound to repeat it.

I do wish the author would have delved more into the Vel d'Hiv events and felt like they were skimmed, then again this is a novel, not a history book. But it did spark my interest in a part of history I knew little about and I look forward to reading more about the subject. I also felt that while it was a good novel, it could have ended a bit earlier. The end seemed to drag on to a point I felt was a bit extreme. If only she had ended a few chapters sooner I would have been satisfied. ( )
  UberButter | Feb 9, 2016 |
A beautiful and poignant story. ( )
  PreetiD | Jan 29, 2016 |
I could not put this book down. It was so sad but very interesting to learn about WW II and the holocaust from a child's perspective. It was also interesting to learn about France's involvement in the war and under German occupation. I decided to listen to the audiobook version of the story in order to hear the French terms and names sounded out correctly. I also got a book copy to read along with the audio story. I recommend this read if you like historical fiction as well as international fiction. Another thing that I appreciated was that the author was a French native. ( )
  Erika.D | Jan 28, 2016 |
There are two strands from the start of this novel. One tells the story of Sarah, living in Paris in 1942 during the round-up, where Jews were taken to a velodrome before being taken off to Auschwitz. Sarah is 11 and locks her brother in their secret cupboard, believing she will soon be back to rescue him.
The second strand takes place 60 years later as an America journalist living in Paris, Julia, writes an article about the round-up and finds herself directly connected to the story of Sarah.
SPOILERS - Julia is moving into the house where Sarah lived We find out eventually that Sarah escaped one of the Parisian camps and was taken in my an elderly couple. They travelled back to Paris to her old apartment, only to find that a new family (Julia's grandparents-in-law) had moved in - and her brother's body was in the cupboard. Julia then desperately tries to find out what happened to Sarah - she eventually discovers she moved to the US and died in a car accident when aged 40. She finds Sarah's son, who now lives in Italy, and they discover Sarah actually committed suicide as she couldn't bear to live with the pain of her baby brother dying in the cupboard. She carried the key to the cupboard with her all her life.
Sarah's thread of this story was incredible - heartbreaking and horrible, and I found myself looking up info about the round-up.However the book was marred by the sub-plot involving Julia's (awful) french family and her revolting husband Bertrandt. This whole thread added nothing to the story, and I could have done without it - especially when hse eventually falls in love with Sarah's son - which was all very contrived and unnecessary. This could have been brilliant but was let down by this. ( )
  AHouseOfBooks | Jan 27, 2016 |
I have never cried reading a book and this one brought me to tears. What a powerful and emotional story. ( )
  LiteraryChanteuse | Jan 27, 2016 |
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"Tatiana de Rosnay offers a brilliantly subtle, compelling portrait of France under occupation and reveals the taboos and silence that surround the painful episode in that country's history. De Rosnay's U.S. debut fictionalizes the 1942 Paris roundups and deportations, in which thousands of Jewish families were arrested, held at the Velodrome d'Hiver outside the city, then transported to Auschwitz. Forty-five-year-old Julia Jarmond, American by birth, moved to Paris when she was 20 and is married to the arrogant, unfaithful Bertrand Tezac, with whom she has an 11-year-old daughter. Julia writes for an American magazine and her editor assigns her to cover the 60th anniversary of the Vel' d'Hiv' roundups. Julia soon learns that the apartment she and Bertrand plan to move into was acquired by Bertrand's family when its Jewish occupants were dispossessed and deported 60 years before. She resolves to find out what happened to the former occupants: Wladyslaw and Rywka Starzynski, parents of 10-year-old Sarah and four-year-old Michel. The more Julia discovers — especially about Sarah, the only member of the Starzynski family to survive — the more she uncovers about Bertrand's family, about France and, finally, herself. Already translated into 15 languages, the novel is De Rosnay's 10th (but her first written in English, her first language). It beautifully conveys Julia's conflicting loyalties, and makes Sarah's trials so riveting, her innocence so absorbing, that the book is hard to put down." Publishers Weekly (starred review)
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This is without a doubt the best book I've ever read. I was actually reading it during finals today, and I reached the saddest part in the book and began to cry. This book touched me and made me think like no other book ever has.
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My God! What is this country doing to me? Because it has rejected me, let us consider it coldly, let us watch it lose its honor and its life. --Irene Nemirovsky, "Suite Francaise" -1942
Tyger! Tyger! burning bright In the forests of the night, What immortal hand or eye Could frame they fearful symmetry? --William Blake, "Songs of Experience"
To Stella, my mother To my beautiful, rebellious Charlotte In memory of Natacha, my grandmother -1914-2005
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The girl was the first to hear the loud pounding on the door. Her room was closest to the entrance of the apartment. At first, dazed with sleep, she thought it was her father, coming up from his hiding place in the cellar. He'd forgotten his keys, and was impatient because nobody had heard his first, timid knock. But then came the voices, strong and brutal in the silence of the night. Nothing to do with her father. "Police! Open up! Now!"
Listening to Joshua, I realized how little I knew about what happened in Paris in July 1942. I hadn't learned about it in class back in Boston. And since I had come to Paris twenty-five years ago, I had not read much about it. It was like a secret. Something buried in the past. Something no one mentioned.
There had been over four thousand Jewish children penned in the Vel' d'Hiv', aged between two and twelve. Most of the children were French, born in France.
None of them came back from Auschwitz.
On July 16 and 17, 1942, 13,152 Jews were arrested in Paris and the suburbs, deported and assassinated at Auschwitz. In the Velodrome d'Hiver that once stood on this spot, 1,129 men, 2,916 women, and 4,115 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!
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Paris, July 1942: Sarah, a ten-year-old girl, is taken with her parents by the French police as they go door to door arresting Jewish families in the middle of the night. Desperate to protect her younger brother, Sarah locks him in a bedroom cupboard -- their secret hiding place -- and promises to come back for him as soon as they are released. Sixty Years Later: Sarah's story intertwines with that of Julia Jarmond, an American journalist investigating the roundup. In her research Julia stumbles onto a trail of family secrets that link her to Sarah, and to questions about her own future.
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On the anniversary of the roundup of Jews by the French police in Paris, Julia is asked to write an article on this dark episode and embarks on an investigation that leads her to long-hidden family secrets and to the ordeal of Sarah.

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