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Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay
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Jul 23, 11

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Four hundred and fifty French policemen in Occupied France, obeying the demands of the Nazis, arrested 10,000 Jewish men, women, and children on July 16, 1942 and brought them to the Velodrome d'Hiver stadium. This would begin the process of their extermination.

Who can unlock the soul of Frenchmen who facilitated the emptying of Jewish homes, denied them food, water and sanitation in the Velodrome for days, drove the buses and trains that delivered them to a nearby internment camp, separated mothers from their children, and finally delivered them to Auschwitz?

Sarah was the first to hear the pounding on the door in the early morning hours of July, 1942. She believed the family would return to the apartment after an hour or two, so Sarah locked her little brother in their favorite hiding place, a safe space between two walls, to keep him from being arrested with the rest of the family. The Key to the cupboard hid the secret that she bore the rest of her life. How could she know at age ten what horror, loss, and guilt lay ahead?

Julia is an American journalist living in Paris with her husband and daughter sixty years later. When she sets upon the story of the Vel d'Hiv roundup and the eventual murder of 4,000 Jewish children, her life would be changed forever. This event and Sarah's Key would open the door to a new life for Julia, altering her priorities and claiming her independence.

Sarah never forgets what the Key represents, lives ended before they began, the betrayal of friendships by kinsmen, loss of family and friends in July, 1942 in Paris. Neither should we. Favorite. Highest recommendation!

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Bon With your history as a psychotherapist, what perspective do you have on this book that those of us uneducated in the psychology field would lack?

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