Velodrome d’Hiver Roundup

One of the main historical events that this novel talks about is the Velodrome d’Hiver Roundup. This was a massive arrest which took place on July 16 and 17, 1942 in Paris France. The Nazis ordered this roundup but it was the French police who carried it out. 13,152 victims were arrested and held at this stadium until they were shipped on cattle trains to Auschwitz. There they faced extermination. This novel examines the story of Sarah Starzynski, a young girl who escapes from this camp and is taken in by a farmer and his wife. Although this is not a true story, many of the events reflect what so many Jews went through at this time.

Works Cited:

“Vel’ d’Hiv Roundup.” Wikipedia. Wikipedia, 09feb2011. Web. 24 Mar 2011. <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vel’_d’Hiv_Roundup&gt;.

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  1. THANK YOU FOR A VERY INTERESTING NOVEL. I WAS SPELLBOUND BY THE NARRATIVE. I HAD TO LOOK UP VELODROME D HIVER TO VERIFY IT HAD REALLY HAPPENED! WHAT A SHOCK IT WAS TO DISCOVER IT WAS THE TRUTH. THANKS AGAIN.

  2. this was very interesting. i’m writing a piece for a paper, en this was really helping me. thank you.

  3. Just read the book for the second time. Very compelling. I also saw a preview for a movie coming out sometime this year. Very anxious to see it!

  4. Just saw the movie last week now reading the book. When I finish
    the novel I want to go back and see the movie again. Done very well
    hard to believe that human beings were treated that way even by
    their own kind..My heart goes out to the treatment of Jews and the
    way they have been persecuted.

  5. heart wrenching and thought provoking less we forget what the human race can do to each other

  6. I saw the film recently and:

    “never forget” and “peace for all living beeings”.

    I´m a peaceworker and therefore I love Mahatma Ghandi and Marshall B. Rosenberg.

    thanks for the infos about “Sarah`s Key”.

  7. Why did the author put the two main characters in the same place?

  8. Appreciation to my father who informed me concerning this webpage,
    this weblog is genuinely awesome.


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