Sunday, February 26, 2012

Sarah's Key

Sarah's Key by Tatiana De Rosnay- 5 out of 5 stars and very highly recommended. This is the story of the Vel' d'Hiv roundup in France in July of 1942 of French Jewish citizens that were herded into the Velodrome by the French police and then transported to their deaths at Auschwitz. I had never heard of this event prior to reading this book, sadly. Now it is something that I will never forget.
This brilliantly told story goes back and forth between Sarah in 1942 and Julia in Paris, France 2002. As the French police bang on Sarah's family's apartment door to gather them up she locks her young brother into a secret cupboard to keep him safe for now, to be retrieved shortly. What follows is a heartbreaking story of losses that are too enormous to even comprehend.
The story of Julia, an American living in Paris with her husband and daughter takes place in 2002. She is a journalist assigned to cover the story of the 60th Anniversary of the Vel'd'Hiv roundup where she learns of Sarah and their connection. One that will change her life forever.
I really could not put this book down and will always remember and pray for these innocents, most of them were children.

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