Sarah's Key: Vel' d'Hiv Roundup
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Interview with Sarah's Key author Tatiana De Rosnay

Interview with Sarah's Key author Tatiana De Rosnay | Sarah's Key: Vel' d'Hiv Roundup | Scoop.it
The Weinstein Company is an independent American film studio and has a library of more than 100 titles, including The King's Speech, winner of 4 Academy Awards.
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Tatiana De Rosnay answeres some questions from her fans on Facebook. A few of the questions include: What has sparked your interest in creating this story in this designated time period and the terriable events surrounding it? This is an event that goes unheard of in our history textbooks, yet you decided to search for the story beneath the story. What inspired you to do so? How much of Sarah's Key is based on actual history/biography? Is Sarah a composite character? What has been the French reaction to your book? Was there backlash? Or has it been a catalyst for any change/recogination of those events? And what is your most unforgetable expirence as the author of Sarah's Key?

It was very interesting to read the authors responses some ofthese questions and her thoughts on what happened.


 


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Remembering the Vel’ D’Hiv Roundup | Remember Me: Displaced Children of the Holocaust

Remembering the Vel’ D’Hiv Roundup | Remember Me: Displaced Children of the Holocaust | Sarah's Key: Vel' d'Hiv Roundup | Scoop.it
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French President François Hollande recently spoke in Paris commemorating the 70th anniversary of what is known as the “Vel’ d’Hiv roundup”—two days when about 13,000 Jews were arrested in Paris and taken to the Vélodrome d’Hiver, an indoor cycling stadium. There they spent several days in horrendous sanitary conditions before being separated from their families, transported to internment camps, and shipped east to concentration camps and killing centers.After he spoke, Hollande met with survivors of the Vel’ d’Hiv roundup. As the survivors flocked the president, Michel Sztulzaft handed him a book, Je Vous Écris du Vel’ d'Hiv–Les Lettres Retrouvées (I’m Writing From the Vel’ d’Hiv—Letters Found). Sztulzaft is well known to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.Sztulzaft recognized himself in one of the photos. Sztulzaft, whose mother was pregnant with him when she was imprisoned at the Vel’odrome before being rescued by a neighbor, is active in French survivor organizations. The Vel’ d’Hiv roundup was a turning point in the Holocaust in France. Prior to July 1942, only Jewish men had been sent to internment camps. But men, women, children, and the elderly were held captive in the Vel’odrome before being sent to their deaths, and it was French police, not Germans, who rounded them up. In 1995, then-French President Jacques Chirac acknowledged for the first time French complicity in the Holocaust. Also marking the 70th anniversary, French police have opened their archives on the roundup and displayed them in Paris.

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Those Who Save Us

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Haunted by an old family photo of her mother and a high-ranking Nazi officer, historian Trudy Swenson begins to dig deep into the past to uncover the wartime experiences her mother refuses to talk about.
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I would like top read this book because it seems that the majority of the stories that we hear of survivors are about what they went through in the camps. But this book tells the story of a woman who looks back and finds out about her Mother's past during WW2.

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Holocaust Tracing | American Red Cross | Holocaust Survivors

Holocaust Tracing | American Red Cross | Holocaust Survivors | Sarah's Key: Vel' d'Hiv Roundup | Scoop.it
The American Red Cross Holocaust and War Victims Tracing Center can help you trace and search for holocaust survivors by searching for documentation.
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More than 60 years after World War II, the pain of family separation still weighs heavily in many hearts. The Nazi regime tore families apart as it conscripted millions of men, women and children into forced labor or shipped them to concentration camps. Ever since, survivors have endured the anguish of not knowing the fate of loved ones. The American Red Cross Holocaust and War Victims Tracing Center is a national      clearinghouse for persons seeking the fates of loved ones missing since the Holocaust and its aftermath. We assist U.S. residents searching for proof of internment, forced/slave labor, or evacuation from former Soviet  territories, for themselves or family members. This documentation may be required for reparations. All tracing services are free of charge; we use the worldwide network of more than 180 Red Cross and Red Crescent societies and the Magen David Adom in Israel, as well as consult museums, archives, and international organizations. Cases remain open, and if new information becomes available, it is immediately shared with the inquirer. Inquiries are initiated through Red Cross chapters. The Center has sought the fate of  more than 45,000 individuals missing since the Holocaust and World War II.

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Chirac's Remarks at SS Massacre Site Trace Brutality's Lineage.

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'It is good for everyone to know how to forget,'' the French historian Ernest Renan observed in 1882, and to preserve national unity France has often chosen to overlook the most uncomfortable moments of its past.But not President Jacques Chirac, who four years ago boldly acknowledged French complicity in the Nazi-ordered roundup of thousands of French Jews on July 16, 1942, in the Velodrome d'Hiver stadium in Paris. And today he went to a village that the Germans      wiped out in 1944 to say that barbarity was possible ''in all countries and in all times. But Mr. Chirac's speech in 1995 and the trial and conviction of a prominent postwar official, Maurice Papon, in 1997 and 1998 for crimes against humanity as a Vichy functionary in Bordeaux, changed the climate. The French state provided $2 million of the nearly $10 million that it cost to build the visitors' center and gave more than $200,000 last year to help keep the ruins from crumbling into oblivion.

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Setting: Paris, France.

Setting: Paris, France. | Sarah's Key: Vel' d'Hiv Roundup | Scoop.it
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Paris is the capital of France. It is a world capital city of shopping and fashion.  Paris is also frequently referred to as the City of Light. Paris also has the largest number of the world's best restaurants.

 

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Evidence of What The Nazis Did To The Jews In Warsaw / Video

Evidence of What The Nazis Did To The Jews In Warsaw / Video. The Warsaw Ghetto was the largest of the Jewish ghettos established by Nazi Germany in Warsaw, ...
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This video deals with what the Nazi’s did to Jews in Warsaw. It describes how the Nazi’s would come into Jewish homes and take them away. The Nazi’s would then return to the homes of those families and take their belongings such as jewelry and sell it for their own profit. The video also talked about what happened too many of the Jewish families after being evicted from their homes. They were forced to live on the streets and many lived in ghettos. Many of them did not want to go inside of places in fear of being captured again by the Nazi’s. The Jews lived in awful conditions and were treated terrible, children were subjected to brothels for the Nazi soldiers. These families and individuals tried to make the most out of living outside and in the ghettos, they would sun bathe outside for entertainment. This video was very eye opening; we know that what happened to those thousands of Jews was horrific, but seeing them outside fearing to go inside was crazy. I never knew that most them lived outside, I thought that all of them were sent to concentration camps right away, but they were not.

 

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United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

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A living memorial to the Holocaust, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum inspires citizens and leaders worldwide to confront hatred, prevent genocide, and promote human dignity. Federal support guarantees the Museum's permanent place on the National Mall, and its far-reaching educational programs and global impact are made possible by generous donors. Located among our national monuments to freedom on the National Mall, the Museum provides a powerful lesson in the fragility of freedom, the myth of progress, the need for vigilance in preserving democratic values. With unique power and authenticity, the Museum teaches millions of people each year about the dangers of unchecked hatred and the need to prevent genocide. And we encourage them to act, cultivating a sense of moral responsibility among our citizens so that they will respond to the monumental challenges that confront our world. The Museum works closely with many key segments of society who will affect the future of our nation. The Museum sponsors on-site and traveling exhibitions, educational outreach, Web site, campus outreach and Holocaust commemorations, including the nation’s annual observance in the U.S. Capitol. Our Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies works to ensure the continued growth and vitality of the field of Holocaust studies.

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The Foundation for Holocaust Education Projects

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The Foundation for Holocaust Education Projects was founded in 2008 after realizing the great need for Holocaust awareness and education in smaller communities across the United States. The founders developed new ideas and projects based on students' writing and drama to preserve the stories of Holocaust survivors. We use this model to teach students across the country the lessons of the Holocaust and their relevance to our everyday life. These projects include book and play writing projects, teachers' workshop, remote learning with Holocaust survivors, and when possible, visits by Holocaust survivors to meet students and the local community.

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Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet | Sarah's Key: Vel' d'Hiv Roundup | Scoop.it
In the opening pages of Jamie Ford’s stunning debut novel, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, Henry Lee comes upon a crowd gathered outside the Panama Hotel, once the gateway to Seattle’s Japantown.
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I would like to read this book beacuse I learn something new whenever I read stories about historic events like the Holocaust. Even when I think I've learned the majority of what happened. Also, this book takes place in Seattle, Washington; we do not hear much about how the Holocaust was brought to the United States and what happened to those families.

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Shoah Memorial - Museum, Center of contemporary jewish documentation.

Shoah Memorial - Museum, Center of contemporary jewish documentation. | Sarah's Key: Vel' d'Hiv Roundup | Scoop.it
The Shoah Memorial in Paris is the largest research, information and awareness raising centre in Europe on the history of the genocide of the Jews during the Second World War.
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A museum to remember the Holocaust in Paris. They also have a memorial in Drancy. In September 2012 at Drancy, a new space destined for the history and education of the period, opposite the Cité de la Muette. The project came about on the initiative and thanks to the financial support of the Foundation for the Memory of the Shoah. The center's mission is to present the history of the Drancy camp. The Cité de la Muette became an internment camp in 1941, and then in 1942 a regroupment camp for the Jews of France in preparation for their deportation towards extermination camps. Between March, 1942, and August, 1944, approximately 63,000 of the 76,000 Jews deported from France went through Drancy. The Cité de la Muette was once again inhabited after 1948, and since then has been reminded of the history      of the Drancy camp there: with commemorative plaques, the erection of a memorial monument and in 2001, when the buildings were officially classed as historical monuments.

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Sarah's Key by Tatiana De Rosnay

Sarah's Key by Tatiana De Rosnay | Sarah's Key: Vel' d'Hiv Roundup | Scoop.it
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Sarah's Key is about a Jewish family living in Paris during WW2 in 1942, on July 16th of that year this family was arrested and taken to the Vel' d'Hiv stadium where they were kept there for days then bused out to a camp. There, the parents were separated from there children and taken to Auschwitz to their death. Where the children were to be deported to Poland. Sarah, was one of the few lucky children to escape the camp before being deported to Poland. She was taken in by a French elderly couple who protected her as the daughter they never had. The book flashes forward to modern day Paris, 2002. An American journalist living in France, Julia was to write an article for an American newspaper on the Vel' d'Hiv roundup. While doing her research, she learned that her new apartment was once livedin by a Jewish family before her husband's family moved in. Diving deeper into her research, Julia discovered that her father-in-law had met the girl who lived there before them, and it turned out to be Sarah. Julia spent her free time trying to track down Sarah after all those years to let her know hat her father-in law- as well as herself has not forgotten about what Sarah and her family had gone through. The search bring Julia back to America where she discovers Sarah has passed away. Even though Julia never got to meet Sarah, she will forever be apart of her life. 

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The Vélodrome d’hiver Round-up: July 16 and 17, 1942 - Online Encyclopedia of Mass Violence

A. Context The greatest mass-arrest of Jews ever carried out on French soil is known as the Vél’ d’hiv’ Round-up. It involved 13 000 victims from (...)
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The Vélodrome d’hiver Round-up was the greatest Jewish arrest to happen in France, more commonly known as the known as the Vél’ d’hiv’ Round-up. In two days, the Round-up involved nearly a third of the 42,000 Jews deported to death camps in Poland in 1942. This round up accounted for over half of the total 76,000 Jewish deportations from France. The Vél’ d’hiv’ Round-up was a concrete case of execution of the Final Solution. In the course of two days, 12,884 Jews were arrested: 3,031 were adult men, meaning that the majority were either women or children. The majority of victims were arrested at home. From July 19 to 22, they were transferred to camps in the Loiret, where the children were forcibly removed from their mothers by the French gendarmerie. In August, the children were deported unaccompanied via Drancy to the Auschwitz gas chambers.

We all know that whatthe Nazi's to the Jews was awful and unimaginable during the Holocaust. But, this roundup conducted by the French police to their own people makes you wonder if other contries did this to their Jewish residents.

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