The author describes her experiences during World War II when she and her family were sent to the Nazi death camp at Auschwitz.
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.
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.
This 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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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.
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...
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.
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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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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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.
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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