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From a World Apart: A Little Girl in the Concentration Camps
“I’m frightened, Mother. Last year, I was seven years old. This year, I’m eight and so many years separate these two ages. I have learned that I am Jewish, that I am a monster, and that I must hide myself. I’m frightened all the time.”—Francine Christophe. Francine Christophe’s account begins in 1939, when her father was called up to fight with the French army. A year late ...more
Paperback, 179 pages
Published April 1st 2000 by Bison Books
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I've read a lot of books about the holocaust, this one was a bit different. I'd never heard of the concentration camps in France before and the girl in this story lived in several before being transfered to Bergen-Belson. Her relatively protected status as the daughter of a French POW meant that the suffering she endured, though enough to break even the strongest of people, meant they had a few limited privelidges the general population of Jews did not. It doesn't make her story any less horrify ...more
Very refreshing and optimistic narrative. I loved reading this book in french, which is why it took me longer. While the horrors of concentration camps are always a painful subject to read, I loved Francine Christophe’ continuous positive vibe in writing and focus on things that matter.
i had to read this memoir for my history of the holocaust class. i had to read a memoir of a holocaust survivor. this was a difficult book to read due to the graphic nature. Francine was 6 years old in 1939 when the war began. her family was jewish but they were not practicing. they were part of the french upper class. her father was in the french army. they tried to escape paris before the german occupation but francine had a case of the german measles kept them from joining the rest of family ...more
Histoire très touchante, j'ai décidé de lire le livre après avoir regardé de nombreux témoignages de Mme Christophe, mais comme le livre est adapté pour une pièce de théâtre, il est très rapide à terminer et les événements s'enchaînent très vite aussi. Du coup, le choix de narration n'est pas le meilleur, surtout qu'au vu des vidéos de Mme Christophe, elle manie les mots d'une très belle manière tout en parlant d'un sujet très douloureux. J'aurais aimé retrouver ce style dans le livre. ...more
A very moving story of a Jewish French girl who (at the age of seven) was imprisoned with her mother in 1942 and then eventually deported to Germany, ending up in Bergen-Belsen concentration camp before being liberated in 1945. The author, Francine Christophe, recounts her terrible experiences in the present tense, in often short snippets. The prose is direct but poetic.