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Paris, France: Lunching on the Seine - YouTube

Rick's guide takes him through an iconic Parisian afternoon, topped off with a "cliche" Parisian lunch. For more information on the Rick Steves' Europe TV se...
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This Rick Steves documentary collection (there are multiple travel segments) on the city of Paris provides the viewer and hopeful traveler with a taste of the popular “city of lights.” He highlights the culture, must-sees, museums, cafés, and popular tourist attractions. One of the takeaways from watching this documentary is that we see how relaxed and at ease the people of Paris may be. Yet at the same time intellectuality and elegance remains elite in architecture, cuisine, fashion, and scholarly universities. The city of Paris is located on the Seine River that gives a relaxing and romantic touch to the city. Steves sits down to enjoy a drawn-out luxurious lunch course just near the Seine with a local. One thing is true: Parisians are never in a rush. They live to savor in their surroundings; a culture widely different than the United States.

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The Economist's View

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While The Economist’s editorial piece titled France’s Abortion Pill is an opinion article, it presents issues about the pill vs. abortion surgery in France. “The pill will not turn a wrong into a right. But it will turn a horror into something most people will regard as less horrible.” The pill is an under-the-radar- way of forgetting the baby so that mothers can move on from mistakes or unwanted children. This has been legal in France since the late 1980s.

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Abortion in France

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This provocative photo shows one side of the abortion battle. The words on the protest sign read "Why does the child have to die?" I personally am shocked by the frankness of the question, while agreeing. In Sarah's Key, Julia Jarmond dealt with whether or not her child had to die.

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Hailing The Rescuers

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The article, Hailing The Rescuers, discusses how former President Jacques Chirac recognized the French involvement in the Holocaust as well as modern day Anti-Semitic outbreaks in the country. While French Police arrested and took some 13,000 Jews back in July of 1942, many French were kind rescuers to the Jewish people. The purpose of this source is to give the uncredited heroes some recognition. Some helped the persecuted people through escape, hiding, warning, feeding, and even helping with fake identities. A grateful statistic says that nearly 330,000 Jews in France were able to escape the Holocaust largely due to the Non-Jewish rescuers (the French people).

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Those Who Save Us

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For fifty years, Anna Schlemmer has refused to talk about her life in Germany during World War II. Her daughter, Trudy, was only three wh...
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This book definitely looks like something I am interested in. The book is similar to Sarah's Key and has to do with World War II. The cover alone looks like a moving and emotional story. Hidden family secrets seem to take over the plot. The Holocaust is a topic  that I am very intrigued in.

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Sarah's Key

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Paris, July 1942: Sarah, a ten year-old girl, is brutally arrested with her family by the French police in the Vel' d'Hiv' roundup, but n...
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The novel, Sarah’s Key, involves two stories that, after many years, intertwine. It begins in Paris of July 1942 during the Holocaust era. The chapters flip back and forth from a little Jewish girl named Sirka to another chapter with a woman named Julia Jarmond. Sirka and her family are taken by the French Police under German Gestapo orders, to roundup families in a nearby stadium. Families were separated and then taken to camps, like the infamous Auschwitz. Sirka constantly thinks about how she hid her little brother in a cupboard where their family lived before the Vel’ d’Hiv roundup, always holding the key to the cupboard in her pocket. Sirka and another Jewish girl, Rachel, miraculously escape the camp and find a kind, nearby farmer’s house (the Dufaures). Meanwhile, the novel fast-forwards to an American journalist living in Paris researching the Vel’ d’Hiv events for a magazine article. She is married to a sensual, French man named Bertrand Tezac and they have a daughter named Zoe. Julia becomes obsessed with the topic and the idea of a little girl named Sarah Starzynski from the roundup. In the other story, Sirka (really Sarah Starzynski) tells the Dufaures she must find her little brother. Once they reach her old home, she finds her brother, Michel, dead and another family, the Tezacs, living there. This forever destroys Sarah. The Tezac family feels tremendously terrible for Sarah. She goes and lives with the Dufaure family until she reaches adulthood and leaves for America. Decades later, Julia and Bertrand plan to move into the same apartment as the Tezacs. Through research and Bertrand’s father, Julia discovers family secrets. Bertrand being a Tezac, is related to the family that ruined Sarah. Julia searches to find Sarah amidst marriage struggles and pregnancy, even traveling to America and Italy. During her travels, she meets family members of Sarah, leading to Sarah’s son. Because Julia decides to keep her baby at an old age, Julia and Bertrand divorce. The book concludes with closure of family secrets and Julia falling in love with William Rainsferd, Sarah’s son.

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Map of France

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The country of France is a beatufiul place to both visit and live. It has an overvwhelming amount of histroy that is still evident in modern day. The culture of the French involves fashion, cuisine, architecuture, romance, leisure, and travel.

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The Shoah Memorial

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Découvrez sur notre site, l'encyclopédie de la Shoah, bibliographie et filmographie sur la déportation, revue d'histoire de la Shoah, témoignages, dates clés et actualités, annuaires et guides.
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The website I discovered is linked to a museum in Paris, France called the Mémorial de la Shoah Museum. The museum is dedicated to preserving the history of the Holocaust, especially the survivors. One of their missions is to hone in on testimonies and collect evidence, stories, witnesses, and artifacts from survivors and their families. They care about listening to the victims and educating the public. Many come from all over the world to visit this museum. While there are multiple archives and featured exhibits, there is also an available bus to take to the Drancy Memorial. Drancy was where many Jewish victims experienced the horrors of an internment camp. The Shoah Museum strives to collect any source of a testimony before it is too late.

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About Yad Vashem

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Another organization similar to the Shoah Museum is the memorial and museum called the Yad Veshem. While Shoah was located in Paris, Yad Veshem is located in the heart and capital of Israel, Jerusalem. The museum is designed for the “pillars of remembrance.” These pillars include commemoration, documentation, research, and education. Since the memorial is located in Jerusalem, the region is a literal link to the Holy Land, a place held dear by the Jewish. It was established in 1953 to always honor those affected, killed, and traumatized by the Holocaust. A neat goal of them is to also further educated future generations, that the tragedy and genocide never be forgotten. There are countless projects, publications, educational materials, and even a Hall of Names to explore. Influential leaders such as Dalai Lama, Pope John Paul II, and President Barrack Obama have even visited the museum.

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Alzheimer's Disease

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An article titled Alzheimer’s Disease, describes the condition, treatment, progression, and effects of the physically and mentally diminishing disease. According to the article, “the burden of AD is enormous, both to society and to individual caregivers, who suffer from financial and emotional distress.” The brain loses normal everyday capable functions, such as eating and dressing. Familiarity of family, friends, faces, and objects are gone. The caregivers (usually spouses) have struggles with helping the person with AD or dementia. Sometimes nursing homes or Alzheimer’s disease care- facilities are the best options. While there are drugs and medicine to prolong the disease, there is currently no set cure. It is a cure in the making.

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