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Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay
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Jan 01, 11

bookshelves: historical-fiction, nook-lendable
Read in December, 2010

This is a fictional story that uses a historical event from World War II, the La Grande Rafle, as its foundation. The La Grande Rafle happened on the morning of July 16, 1942, when the French police, under orders from the Nazis, rounded up over 13,000 Jewish men, women and children from their beds. Most adults were sent directly to a camp at Drancy, while parents with children were sent to Vel' d'Hiv', formerly a large stadium in Paris. Of course, conditions were horrendous and most of the 13,000 ended up in Auschwitz. The event is particularly noteworthy because of the vast number of children that were rounded up, separated from parents and eventually sent to their death - and it all happened with the cooperation of French authorities.

The author sets this particular story in contemporary times. Her present-day characters learn about a family who was a part of the round-up. Events in their life begin revolving around that family from the past. The story is intriguing and, although ficitional, made me aware of an event in history that I previously knew nothing about -- an excellent book.
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