Sunday, April 4, 2010

Jen's Book Review: Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay


In the summer of 1942, the Germans ordered the arrest of all Jews in Paris. The French police carried out these orders without emotion or remorse towards the men, women, and children with whom they had shared their lives for years. Sarah is one of the Jews who is arrested along with her parents. Sixty years later, American journalist Julia Jarmond is researching the arrests for a piece on the 60th anniversary. As she investigates the horrifying details, she learns the story of Sarah and discovers how she is linked to the young girl, changing her life forever.

Sarah's Key is excellent, if you can say that about a Holocaust-related book. Sarah's story is fictional, but the 1942 roundup of Jews is true. I read nearly open mouthed in horror over the details of the arrests and the events thereafter. Tatiana made Sarah's story so real that I truly believed she was a real person. I found myself almost in tears several times and had to remind myself Sarah was not real. Many people really did experience similar stories of being taken in the night and then stripped from their family, never to see them again. Some survived, others did not. Those left behind would never forget. I will never forget.



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