Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay
On July 16th, 1942, French police went door to door, rounding up French citizens of Jewish descent. In the previous roundups, only the men had been taken so, when the rumors circulated about this roundup, many men hid. The result was a large number of women and children, along with some men, being taken to Paris’ Velodrome d’Hiver before being sent to concentration camps around France and finally on to Auschwitz. The majority of those captured in the “Rafle du Vel’ d’Hiv’‘ never returned.
Using the story of the Vel’ d’Hiv as a backdrop, de Rosnay writes a sad yet sweet piece of dual time period historical fiction that examines what it really means to ‘never forget.’ “Sarah’s Key” lagged a bit for me in the last 20 pages or so when it become, for a short time, less about the interaction of past and present, but I loved the ending.
Those interested in World War II, the lasting effects of the events of World War II, the modern or emotional responses to genocide, or simply historical fiction (with a tiny chick-lit twist) are likely to greatly enjoy this book.
“Sarah’s Key” is being released in paperback on Tuesday, September 30th.