Book Review: Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book is going to be added to my all time favorite books list. It was just wonderful. And I think everyone should read it!

The first several chapters go back and forth between Sarah's life in July 1942, and Julia's present day life (2005). Sarah described the horrific events that happened in Paris, France in July 1942 on Germany's orders and are truly that...horrific. This is a part of WW2 that I was not aware of happening. French police gathered up Jews, mainly women and children as all the men were in hiding, and took them to a local sports arena called the Velodrome d'Hiver. Those captured were contained in unlivable conditions. Sitting and sleeping in their own filth. After several days men and women were sent to camps separate from each other and their children. Sarah and her family were Jews and were part of the horror that is the Vel d'Hiver Roundup.

Julia and her family are dealing with struggles of their own and move into their grandmother's apartment in Paris. After being give the job of covering the anniversary of the Vel d'Hiver Roundup as a journalist Julia realizes that her life is closely intertwined with Sarah's.

I wished that the back and forth writing would have gone on longer in the book. I enjoyed reading Sarah's story as much as I did Julia's.

This book is wonderfully written, and researched. I felt as if I was truly reading from little Sarah's journal. This is a part of history that I was not aware of and am drawn to learn more. Below is a website I have came across for the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.


1 comment:

Staci said...

I loved this one too and like you didn't know that part of history either. Have you seen the movie? I want to !!