Paris, July 1942 and Paris, May 2002: sixty years since the French police roundup of thousands of Jewish families retained in the Velodrome d’Hiver where famiilies were separated and sent to Auschwitz. The event, commonly called the Vel’ d’Hiv, is twicetold between ten-year-old Sarah who thought she was safely hiding her four-year-old brother in a cupboard, their hiding place, expecting to return to save him, safely guarding the key to the cupboard within her pocket, and Julia Jarmond, American journalist assigned to cover the sixtieth anniversary commemoration, finally opening the French national consciousness and that of her restrained in-laws, to begin a painful healing process.
ADDITIONAL INFO: The book is written as a tribute to the children who never came back, and to those who survived. The Velodrome d’Hiver no longer exists but was in the heart of Paris.
RATING: * * * * Very, very good
Reviewed by: cb
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