Ever since I was a little girl and the Holocaust was taught to me, I had always had a huge fascination with the stories and history from that time era. Sarah’s Key taught me about an entirely different moment during the Holocaust that I had never been taught in school.
On July 16th, 1942 the great Vel’ d’Hiv roundup took place. This roundup involved all of the French policeman taking the Jewish families, nearly 10,000, to camps before shipping them to die at Auschwitz. Acting under orders of the German Gestapo, Jews endured physical indignity while the French police stood by. Sarah was one of the little girls taken that day, ripped from her family, and fighting to find her way back to her little brother.
Julia is an American journalist living in Paris. Her life becomes intertwined with Sarah’s when she has to research the roundup for an article her boss gave her. Julia learns much more about her own family when learning all she can about Sarah.
If you are into stories like this, I highly recommend it. I cried more than I have over a book in sometime. It is truly heartbreaking what this young child endured, even sadder what she becomes later on. 10/10 would highly recommend!
“It will make you cry and remember.”