Sarah's Key: her brave journey
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I Have Lived a Thousand Years

I Have Lived a Thousand Years | Sarah's Key: her brave journey | Scoop.it
The author describes her experiences during World War II when she and her family were sent to the Nazi death camp at Auschwitz.
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This is a book I found on goodreads that is related to Sarah's Key. It is also about a young girl during the Holocaust. The stories are similar because they tell the difficult journey of being torn from your family in a terrifying way.

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Sarah's Key

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Sarah's Key is an absorbing, impeccably-acted Holocaust drama with minor plot issues.
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Sarah's Key was turned into a movie. It was originally in French but has English subtitles for us to watch her journey. This website has a good review and description of the movie.

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This is a picture showing how overcrowded it was inside the vel d hiv. The Jews were held there for 5 days during the roundup in France.

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Film awakens France's shame in the Holocaust

Film awakens France's shame in the Holocaust | Sarah's Key: her brave journey | Scoop.it
France likes to point the cinema camera on its own past, good and bad, but one of the darkest events in modern French history has been almost banished from the screen, until now.
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     website talks about the shame that France went through. It was written by a
     man who was in the action of the time and can describe events going on. It
     gives many number statistics including number of victims and police
     officers. It is the first website that says that the French were ashamed of
     themselves and looked down on their own country. It says that the first
     train left the stadium five days after the Jews were taken from their homes
     by police and were all put in the stadium. They were untold about how long
     they would be there or what was going on in and outside that stadium. They
     were also with out food, water, bathrooms or anything needed to survive.  
      
      
     The websites starts of by saying what the actual Vélodrome d'Hiver was, a
     indoor sports stadium. This is where a majority of the beginning of the
     book takes place and is where Sarah was separated for her parents. It is
     also the last time she ever saw them. He recalls hearing and seeing mothers
     and children hiding in the bleachers, which is a distinct memory I remember
     reading in my book from the very beginning. " Along each wall, sullenfaced
     policemen threatened them silently, hands on their guns. There was nowhere
     to go. Nothing to do. Except sit here and wait" (Rosnay 30). She sat with
     her parents worrying about her brother back at home in the cabinet. She had
     nothing else to do but watch families go insane all around her.

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Holocaust Denial Hurt Us, Says Potential Iranian Candidate - Arutz Sheva

Holocaust Denial Hurt Us, Says Potential Iranian Candidate - Arutz Sheva | Sarah's Key: her brave journey | Scoop.it
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Holocaust Denial Hurt Us, Says Potential Iranian Candidate
Arutz Sheva
Iran's denial of the Holocaust was damaging to the Islamic Republic, a potential presidential candidate has admitted, according to a report in Al-Monitor.
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This is the exact speech that the      president of France gave seventieth anniversary of the Vel d’Hiv      Roundup. This website shows the sorrow and shame that the country      went through, and still frown apron. It calls it a time of gloom and admit      it to being part of their history and responsibility. It says there were      13,152 French people that were also Jews, and were taken to their roundup because of that. It makes it really realistic when he says "This crime took      place here, in our capital, in our streets, the courtyards of our      buildings, our stairways, our school playgrounds." I think this website      truly makes everyone feel bad, especially the French people living there      today.                  This relates to Sarahs Key because the story is fictional, but      based off true events. What Sarah's telling us throughout the book is what      a child's perspective was of the Roundup and Concentration camps and living      as a getaway from them. The website says "Those women, men, and children      could not have known the fate that awaited them. They could not even have      imagined it. They trusted in France." and that is exactly like Sarah and      her family. She knew she was Jewish but knew these "bad" French men were      her neighbors and wouldn't do anything to really hurt her or her friends      and family. She had no idea what she was about to go through when they were      taken away from their home. She felt like it would only be a couple days of the Roundup and then she could get back, so at first she wasn't too worried      about her brother, Michael. She knew there was crackers and water in the      cupboard he was in. After a couple days of being in the Vel d Hiv was when      she started to panic and realize something really bad was going to happen      to Michael and she could only blame herself.

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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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This      book is about the hardships and tragedies that went on throughout the      Holocaust. This book shows that the French government turned on their own      people. They took the Jews that had been their neighbors, and friends for      years, not just the Jews living in Germany. Although they had had prior      good relationships, the government rulers led the French police to      embarrass and kill thousands of Jews that lived in France. This book      follows the journey of two young brave girls. One girl being the topic of      research of the woman writing a news article present day for the reunion of      the Vel' d' Hiv', the roundup of the Jews in France. The stories intertwine      and switch off being told per every other chapter until the end. The      journey of the young girl, Sarah, shows what the innocent victims went      through during the Holocaust. Her love for her little brother, Michael, is      what determines her to escape a concentration camp and find her way back      home. Sarah's goal is to set free and find her brother, whom she locked up      in a cupboard when the police came to her home and were rounding up Jews to      send away. Soon after escaping, a French family takes her and her friend      Rachel in and cares for them. After witnessing Rachel's death, Sarah's      depressions escalades. The French family takes her in as their daughter and      helps her along her way back home to finally find her brother.                   The theme of this story is that although Sarah is such a young girl, she      had such bravery and intelligence to escape and return home. The love she      had for her brother is what drove her to behave like an adult and take care      of herself. No matter what bad situations she ran into or that she lost her      entire family along the way, she knew she was getting closer to her      brother. She thought about him constantly and kept the cupboard key with      her everywhere she went right in her pocket. Another obvious theme of this      story is that the French were hypocrites. They went against their emotional      feelings of right and wrong and sent away and killed their friends and      townspeople. The man that let Sarah and Rachel escape the concentration      camp and also gave them money proved that even being a police man, he was
     against what his job forced him to do. He lets them getaway fast "Go then,"      he said, pushing Rachel away. "Quickly" (Rosnay 94).                  This was a very emotional book and a different topic than what I would      normally pick out to read. However, I enjoyed this book so much that I read      it twice. The very first chapter is so graphic and vivid that you picture      everything and instantly get drawn in to keep reading. Every chapter ends      where you want to keep reading. The end of the first Chapter is Sarah's      goal throughout the entire book. She said "I'll come back for you later. I      promise"(Rosnay 9). This made we want to keep reading to find out what      happened to the young boy and made me curious throughout the whole book. I      had no clue what to expect for the ending. After we learn that Sarah found      him dead in the cupboard, I was sad. Even though she found what her worst      fear was all along, I think it was a relief that she got to know he was      exactly where she left him and that he didn't have to go through the      traumatizing events she did.

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This is a map of France. This is where Sarah's Key takes place and is where the roundup happened in 1942.

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Holocaust survivor shares story of escaping concentration camps

Holocaust survivor shares story of escaping concentration camps | Sarah's Key: her brave journey | Scoop.it
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This is a hero that escaped the concentration camps after being captured by police. He knew he had to get away fast and quietly, just like Sarah in her story.

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Holocaust History - Holocaust History - Rise of the Nazis and Beginning of Persecution - Yad Vashem

Holocaust History - Holocaust History - Rise of the Nazis and Beginning of Persecution - Yad Vashem | Sarah's Key: her brave journey | Scoop.it
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This website talks
     more about the rising of the Holocaust and the beginning of when Hitler
     started all the killing and hatred. It talks about the changes that were
     made as he rose into power and the ways Jews were treated. It talks about
     others besides Jews that were also judged and sent away. The website also
     gave a lot of information on the start of world war two and how the
     Holocaust tied in. The most important part of this website was that it gave
     all other countries that were also affected, it gave me a lot of
     information that I didn't know about what went on in other countries
     besides Germany. 
      
     This relates to the book because the way that Sara was found and captured
     was not in Germany, but in France. The website says that the people living
     here were treated terribly by the government. Sarah was confused when she
     was taken, because the officers that were taking away her family were the
     officers that she was used to seeing walking around her town smiling
     keeping her safe. The same people he knew had a family and children her
     age. Sarah notices all the changes and says "Unfair. So unfair. Why? Why
     them" (Rosnay 25)? This tells us that being so young confused her, but also
     her parents.

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Drama of real Holocaust survival brought to Twin Cities stage - Minnesota Public Radio

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Minnesota Public Radio
Drama of real Holocaust survival brought to Twin Cities stage
Minnesota Public Radio
Farkas' Holocaust survival story is part of a new play by St. Paul resident Sharon DeMark, with Klezmer music performed by Judith Eisner.
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The database is      stating who was victims of the Holocaust. It also gives the time period      which are the years 1939-1945. It states that the man in power was Hitler      and he was the cause of over five million deaths, which were all murders.      Innocent people who didn't fit into Hitler's liking were sent away and      killed because their race, religion, and disabilities. "In Hitler's mind,      the only adequate solution to his “Jewish problem” was complete      extermination of the Jewish people." was a quote the article that described      how much hatred he had. It also shows a place you can go to pay your      respects at the memorial museum in Washington D.C.                                This website shows a relation to Sarah's Key because every victim      mentioned in the book, was a Jew. Sarah tells about times that she noticed      that she and a couple of her friends had to wear yellow stars, but was told not to be ashamed of being Jewish. When she learns that her religion is the      reason for all this mass killing she questions her family and herself. She      recalls that is was about a month ago when she noticed changes around her      town like "No Jew' signs or places. Sarah complains how unfair these      changes are "A month or so ago, her mother had sewn the stars on all their      clothes. On all the family's clothes, except the little brothers". (Rosnay      24). This shows that even young children noticed how badly and unjust their      community and society was becoming. They had to read signs of old places      the went that now said "Jew's Forbidden".

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Holocaust survivor tells her story as part of library series

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For Sonja Drake, surviving the German Holocaust reflected her unquenchable resolve to live.
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This website has a      ton of information that is combined from actual survivors of the Holocaust.      It includes actual published books that were written in diary form from the      perspective of a child. This website gives links to books you can purchase      that give you a story of someone individual. The website states that      diaries like these are not intended for a certain genre or person to read,      but rather give their voice. This different style of writing gives a lot of      descriptive details about setting and actual feelings going on in someone's head. The stories written give evidence that the child was alive during the      time and lets historians in on what life was like as a child and how
     getting torn from their family and sent away made them truly feel. It makes      us wonder how such young people were so strong.            This connects to my story because all the books on the website and my      independent book are individually following one child through this tragedy.      The website has a lot of references to Anne Frank's story "The Diary of a      Young Girl", which was her memoir to being a child survivor. These are both      stories that let you into the mind of someone who was a witness of a      historical event. All the stories from the website are daily journals of a      child that gave us important information about the Holocaust and lets us      know what it was like being sent away so quickly and traumatically. The      struggle that Sarah had while trying to excape the concentration camp with      Rachel is shown in the book through her mind. She juggles the freedom she      wants and the consequences she may have when she says "There is no way out.
     The police have guns. We can's escape"(Rosnay 80). When she finally gets up      the courage she has to ignore the fearful thoughts racing through her mind.

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Holocaust Documentary

A short documentary about the Holocaust.
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This documentary gave the stories of three individuals and their
     memories of the Holocaust. The film is narrated and has their stories
     flowing throughout it. It has all the events leading up to the roundup and throughout the concentration camps and all finally about the liberation. It      has horrific memories like a woman being sprayed with water as she was      trying to stay with her mother while police are forcing her away. It also      has the many groups that Hitler was against, including the majority, Jews.      The video shows charts that the government had that showed what percent      Jewish you were and you were judged upon that.             This relates to Sarah's Key because the stories being told are similar to      Sarah's story. They were all children who were scared and wanted to just be      with their parents. Sarah was amazed at how much hatred the French police      had just as much as the people in the youtube video were. It shows that so      many children were in Sarah's position and had to grow up, fast, because      they knew they had to survive, even knowing that their families were dead.

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