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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.
  3. 70
    The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (vulgarboatman)
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    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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    Suite Française by Irène Némirovsky (SqueakyChu)
    SqueakyChu: Both are novels that take place in Nazi-occupied France during WWII.
  6. 20
    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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Fascinating parallel stories of past and present woven together.
  PaperDollLady | Sep 30, 2014 |
Sarah was just 10 years old when she and her parents were forced out of their home in the 1942 evacuation of Jews from France. Thinking she'd be able to return soon, she locked her 4 year old brother into a hidden cabinet in their apartment. What follows is the little known story of the deportation of over 13,000 Jews, known as the Vel' d'Hiv Roundup by French policemen. Over 4000 of these Jews were children, with all being sent to Auschwitz. Sarah as able to escape. Her story became known in 2002 when Julia, a reporter, finds out that Sarah's story and that of her inlaws are bound together. "Sarah's Key" is a sad commentary on the state of people's minds in 1942, and how linked we are to each other - despite the passage of time. ( )
  ShouldIReadIt | Sep 26, 2014 |
The WWII portion of the story is excellent: heartbreaking, filled with tension. The modern portion of the story is distracting, cheesy, filled with unlikable people and is embarrassingly predictable. Having just finished another book by this author it appears that the WWII portion of the story is the anomaly and the authors typical style is more similar to the modern tale. Pity. ( )
  lunule | Aug 22, 2014 |
Sarah's Key is a very sad tale, one I almost wanted to finish without the happy ending. This would have given the story a feeling of truth but the ending was just too good to be true. This however didn't ruin the enjoyment of this book, which shows how well de Rosnay can write a tale of historical fiction. I was in the mood for this type of book and couldn't put it down. The story kept me captivated UNTIL the end, where it fell apart for me. However, I would recommend this to anyone who loves a good book of historical fiction that keeps you wondering. ( )
  yougotamber | Aug 22, 2014 |
A heartbreaking reminder of all the devastation WWII brought: how it destroyed whole communities and families, and how an apathetic French family can continue to hide their eyes from the truth and shelter in their hearts a terrible secret.

I read this book during a trip to Paris in 2011. As i walked those cobbled streets I thought of all the conquering, fighting, manipulating, and travesty those beautiful streets had (and do) witnessed--and the legacy that we Westerners are left with in the 21st century. The question I am left with, is forgetting the only way to move on? How much of an omission of guilt on behalf of our elders, our past, are we, the present, to live with? Can we possibly move on, or atone, for another generations' terrible acts? And of the sacrifices made--who benefits, and who utterly looses? ( )
  kbullfrog | Jun 17, 2014 |
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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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Epigraph
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"
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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!"
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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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