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Hiding in Plain Sight: Eluding the Nazis in Occupied France
Hiding in Plain Sight: Eluding the Nazis in Occupied France is an unusual memoir about the childhood and young adulthood of Sarah Lew Miller, a young Jewish girl living in Paris at the time of the Nazi occupation.
Hardcover, 172 pages
Published October 15th 2012 by Chicago Review Press
(first published October 1st 2012)
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I picked this book up at the Holocaust Museum in D.C. last weekend. This is a memoir about one of the authors, Sarah Lew Miller, who was born into a large Orthodox Jewish family at the cusp of Germany's rise to power. She and her family lived in Poland until 1936, the year that she turned 10. Her Papa had left 5 years earlier to seek employment in Paris, France and after 5 years Sarah, her 6 siblings, and her mother had saved enough money to travel to Paris and be reunited with him. Unfortunatel ...more
Another fascinating look at Europe (in this case primarily France) under Nazi control during WWII. It is told by a woman who was an adolescent and teenager growing up Jewish in France with her large family of parents and six kids. They had migrated from Poland to France ahead of the German takeover in Poland but soon found that even France wasn't a safe place for them. Once the Nazis took control of France they immediately did away with rights for Jews and put in place more and more restrictive ...more
I read this memoir in one sitting. The narrative style is wonderfully readable, and it really does feel like Sarah is sitting right beside you, telling you her story. It's a tale of bravery and familial dedication, and shows both the incredible hardships of Jewish families during WWII, as well as the seemingly miraculous occurrences that can eventually make whole families torn apart by war. An inspiring, heartfelt story; highly recommended.