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Paris Under Nazi Occupation (1940)

Paris under German occupation. Soldiers and soldiers took over the capital and get their direction thanks to signs in German language. A huge banner marks th...
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This short documentary talks not only about the Nazi regimen, but also there takeover of many European countries. This documentary is showing images of Nazis taking over Paris France. It also talks of the Nazis invading other countries. It is very hard for many to look back and watch the footage in these documentaries, because of all the past they have.

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France's Heroic Myth

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This article is about the denial of the Velodrome d'Hiver. France has been denying the fact that it was indeed french soldiers who prosecuted the Jews on that terrible day in July. In this article for the first time since the round up one french men has enough courage to speak up, saying that indeed the french were involved. This article written in 1995 over forty years after the roundup, shows how slowly progress has taken. Mr. Chirac the French President  finally admits that indeed the french were involved. Though it is not nearly enough the president is trying to undo the many wrongs of past generations. While trying to undo them the President addressed them publicly apologizing for the denial of other past leaders. Also to undo these many years he tried to compensate the people of the country who lost the one they love. Overall this article reflect whats happened that day on July 16th 1942, and how France has just begun to fix all their wrong doings many years later. This article relates to the Sarah's Key Because the whole
story is about the the Velodrome d'Hiver roundup. While reading this article there were many similarities. The article and book reflect on the past of the roundup. These are similar because the knowledge about the roundup is scarce. With the knowledge from both the book and article the  roundup that happened on that day will never be forgot by those around it.

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Hunt is on for Nazis behind forgotten French massacre

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This newly published article reflects on the horrors of Nazi  before and after the end of occupation. This article specifically focuses on the horrors of two men who on Aug 24, 1944 massacred a village. These Nazi men killed 124 men women in children in the span of hours. This article shows how the men responsible for the fatalities that day got off without even a slap on the hand. Lt Gustav Schlueter, a man charged with the killing died in Germany as a free man. The fact that Gustav got off the hook after killing these family shows many things. It shows that even until resent time the men who were Nazis were thought of as harmless even though they have so much power. A woman who watched her family died stated, “"Not a day goes by when I don't think about that day and the massacre of my family. We want to know who did it and why.'' The fact that the forgotten massacre cannot even “identify” who did these crimes shows how truly amazing the lack of respect these people have is. This article relates to the novel Sarah’s Key because it talks about the horribleness of Nazi as well everyday citizens during World War Two. The relation is present because Sarah speaks repeatedly in the book about the attrocoties that are happening around her. This is very visible when Sarah speaks “about the big place they were all taken to and locked in for days with hardly any water, any food, then the train ride through the countryside, the camp, and the horrible separation form her parents” (Rosnay 117.) The horrors of the Nazis during this time again, become visible as the story progresses.

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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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A book similar to Sarah's Key this novel talkes about the hidden heritage a young women will soon discover. Anna, The young women knows little about what happen to her when she was a three year old. This heart wreching story will keep readers on edge. This novel reflects on the past of many german citizens.

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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 book Sarahs Key reflects the troubles of the many young families that were affected on July 16, 1942.On July 16th 1942 in Paris France the Velodrome d'hiver roundup happen. This book begins with a young girl sleeping when all of a sudden she is awoken by the sounds of men screaming outside her door. Scared she rises from her bed to see what is happening, unaware that this may be the last time she sees this place called home. The knocking on her door continues till her mother answers and is pushed to the side by none other than the french police that had helped her cross the street. Sarahs life gets flipped upside down that day. Not only because she is now being transported to a work camp, but also because when struck with the fear in the middle of the night she locked her brother away in there secret hide out. This book truely is focused on a siblings battle to get back to the one she loves, no matter what that may be to her. This book has many themes. One theme that we see over and over again is the love of a family member prevailing over the saftey of ourselfs.Sarah shows this many times when fighting to get micheal out of the specail cabnet. Sarah fights through many things to get to her brother. She escapes the entrappment camp even though she knew it could be the end of her. Again sarah fights for her family when she is on the train avoiding the nazis by ducking under the crowd. Another theme present in this novel hypocracy is everywhere. This is shown on many instances. When sarahs family is first round up the author makes a point to show us who is rounding them up. The French police she says repeatedly showing how confused she was that they people who she lived so close to her could just as easily snapped sending people she loved and knew to their death. This shows the hypocracy of the people and how when given orders they will show their true colors. Another theme of this book is how hard it is to get over things that happen in the past. We know that this is a problem because in the book they say "this life is too much for me" (Rosnay 260). This theme becomes very real when we learn that sarah had commited suicide because the knowledge and images of  her past haunted her till her death.This book in my opinoin was very well written and kept the author on the edge of there seat. Though not the best book i have read the historical impact this book had on me was one i will never forget. I believe that it is important to remember and be knowledgable about the past so that it does not repeat itself. The historical side of this book seemed to fly by. The nonhistoric modern day french part seemed to drag making me wish the whole book was written from sarahs prespective, and the hardships she faced.Overall this book was a quick and easy read. I would recommend this to those intrested in historical fiction but who also would enjoy a lighter touch to the book.

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Fascism a la Francaise

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This article talks about pre-invasion France and post invasion France. The article begins in 1940 when France was a free nation with no Nazi inside. As the article progresses we see what happened as the government begins to get taken over by the Vichy government, a Nazi regime that took over the government gaining control. As the article continues it goes farther into depth about what truly happened and how the government changed during Nazi rule you see the many dark sides of an overpowering government. Well the government overtakes cruelty begins to expand all over France. With the Nazis in France it soon began to quickly get very deadly. This will lead to many of the numerous entrapments of the Jewish people living in France.

 

This article relates to the book  Sarah’s key in a few key ways. This relates to the novel Sarah’s key in the means of Sarah’s life during the war time. During Sarah's life the Vichy Government overtakes the old government leaving the country in despair. The Vichy was the cause of great pain for the nation of Germany. Many situations arose where “Those children arrived in Auschwitz; there  was no ‘selection’ for them. No lining them up with men and women. No checking to see who was strong, who was sick, who could work who could not. They were sent directly to the gas chambers” (Rosnay 116.)Due to the Vichy Government taking over many innocent members were put to death. The quote shows that Sarah’s friends and family indeed feel the wrath of the Vichy government. Another way this article relates to Sarah’s Key is it speaks about France pre-invasion. Throughout the novel Sarah references how she missed the home she used to know. The life without the yellow star, the life when children could be children, the life when she did not have to live in fear.

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France commemorates victims of Vel d'Hiv roundup

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FRANCE - Several hundred people were present on Monday for a ceremony in the Paris suburb of Drancy, to pay hommage to victims of France’s Vel d’Hiv roundup, which saw over...
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This article talks directly about the Vel d’Hiv roundup that happened in Paris, France in 1942. Mainly reflecting on the past the article is a celebration of loved ones lost in horrible times. The article not only talks about the past when the Jews were first round up, but also jumps ahead 70 years to celebrate the loved ones. “A majority of French people under the age of 35 had never heard of the Vel d’Hiv roundup – 67 per cent of 15-17 year olds, 60 per cent 18-24 year olds and 57 per cent of 25-34 year olds. Among all ages, there was still a 42 per cent rate of ignorance concerning the  roundup”. This ignorance is caused by France denying, thus refusing to teach, for years the simple fact that French police were in fact involved in the roundup. This article can teach us all a valuable lesson, to keep the past from repeating we must all take a moment to reflect and accept that it happened.

 

 

This article is related to the Sarah’s key because Sarah’s family was involved in the roundup. When we look both at the article and the book one thing is clear. The round up has been pushed down in French culture. Pushed so far that it is barely recognized by high school students at all. Another reason this book and article are related is they both recognize memorable camps that were important to the roundup. The most famous camps that are mentioned in both the book and the article are Auschwitz and Drancy, a little camp in the Farmlands of French.

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Drancy Transit Camp (France)

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The Article speaks about the transit camp at Drancy. The Camp at Drancy, the farmlands of France, was simply a minor stop in the long journey to      Aushwitz. After many hardships faced in the camp they prisoners would later be sent to death. A transit camp unlike a concentration camp was the place prisoners were sent before going on to their death. Similar to the      concentration camp at Drancy, the prisoners were given just enough food to survive sometimes even less. This article also reflects on the horrors of      one man hired specifically to kill of Jews of other origins. This man Klaus      Barbie, the notorious "Butcher of Lyon" Earned the iron cross for shipping countless Jews to death. This article talks about the roundup of Sarah’s family “The code name of this operation was "Vent printanier" (Spring Wind) and all the arrests were made by the French police under the control of French police officials.” Though France refused to accept the crimes until a much later date.

 

This article relates to the novel Sarah’s key because of a few key reasons. The novel and article both speak of Aushwitz, Drancy and the roundup. The Roundup went into more detail in the article speaking about the code name it was given in order for the French government to cover up their tracts. The article also goes into deeper depths on the transit camp at Drancy. The camp in the novel is briefly brushed over by Sarah, in the article they go into greater detail concerning the camp and what malpractices went on there. Finally they both go into detail about the horrors that happen at Aushwitz. Sarah goes into details when she learns that her family has been sent away. The article goes into detail when it speaks specifically what happens to the prisoners, and the hardship of each and every day in the concentration camp.

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Auschwitz Camp Map (Aerial View)

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This is an Aerial view of Auschwitz camp. In this map you can see the many barracks in lines. These are the barracks that housed the numerous prisoners (men only in this camp). This camp has seen many horrors of the war, including but not limited to, Starvation, death, and torture for the pleasure of others. This is just one of the many torture camps that existed during world war two in Poland.

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Auschwitz: The Nazi and the Final Solution (1/5)

http://documentary.thevidblog.com AUSCHWITZ: THE CORRUPTION At the Auschwitz camp, a large amount of wealth was stolen from the Jews. The Goldjuden or Jews o...
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This Video Series is about many aspects of the life inside of Auschwitz. The mini section of this documentary I am looking at is based on the corruption going on in Auschwitz. The corruption being covered is Stealing, Assault, and the misuse of power. This documentary has a unique take on Nazi Germany. It displays both old prisoners of Auschwitz as well as the old SS who used to work there. When talking about assault there are many different levels. The men and women prisoners were so weak they could not fight back any mistreatment. For example when the women who worked in Canada (a sweet place where all the goods were hidden) were at work often a man would come in and sexually assault the women. They did this in Canada mainly because the women there were in a “plumper” state than other prisoners. One finally example of this cruelty and assault is the doctor they called in to “test” the children of Auschwitz. The doctor would often encourage the extermination of children; he did this by testing how genes really worked. The doctors most frequent “patients” where twins, siblings, diseased children, and Many others. When dealing with stealing there were no limits. The whole camp was based on stealing. The camp stole the lives other people had, they stole family heirlooms, they stole money, and they stole the many memories these people could have created.

 

This Documentary relates to the book because it shows the  inside of Auschwitz, the corruption of the Nazis and the horrors the Jewish
people faced. The similarities between Auschwitz are small, because Sarah herself did not actually go to Auschwitz but her family did. We see only small details about Auschwitz in the novel seeing it from a modern day standpoint in both. The horrors of the Nazis are visible in both the novel and the documentary by the maltreatment of small children. In Sarah’s key the children are bludgeoned and pulled away from their family. In the      documentary the children are used as lab rats, testing the genes of twins      and siblings. The final similarities between the two are the horrors faced      by the Jews. This is shown in Sarah’s Key when she commits suicide because she cannot handle the past she has held in. This is shown in the  documentary many times. First when they interview the twin women, who      states “If I had died they would have injected my twin in the heart with poison, simply to test us”. Secondly when they speak of the many SS      members (men or women) who would thrive off violence. For example the women in the documentary who would first bind people shoot them then watch them suffer. These are the many similarities between the novel and documentary.

 

 

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