List of books to read before the Jewish Tour of Paris :
1 – Sarah’s key
WWII in France, and the sadly famous Vel d’Hiv round up, when the children and mothers were deported, because of the french collaboration with the nazis
2 – the novel of Romain Gary , The life before us
3 – A bag of Marbles, by Joseph Joffo
Fun fact about this one : my grandfather Joe Goldenberg played the role of the father in the book, in one of the movies made after the book. The movie was directed by Jacques Doillon
4 – The diary of Helene Berr, by Helene Berr.
A young student at the Sorbonne in Paris during WWII. She was a very talented young woman, who describes very well her life in Paris in the beginning of the Occupation in Paris.
5 – a book of Patrick Modiano, La Place de l’Etoile
He writes very well about the Jewish Life in Paris.
6 – Simone Veil, Une vie (A Life).
Simone Veil was an incredible woman. Deported at 17 years old, she survived the holocaust, and lived a full life, as a lawyer, a minister, at the head of the foundation for the memory of the shoah etc.. I will right an article about her soon that you can read on my website.
7 – I heard many good things about The last of the just, by André Schwarz-Bart
I heard many good things about this book but I didn’t get the chance to read it yet
8 – All the light we cannot see, by Anthony Doerr
I am currently reading it. I love it.
Author : Flora Goldenberg