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Spiritual Saturday :- Past Lives in Paris Unravels

Where do I begin… In March of 2013, I checked into a hostel at the border town of Foz do Iguacu, Brazil. There in the 4-bed dorm room, I found a book on the shelf of the closet. 1,090 more words


French Moviegoers Come to Terms with Country's Greatest Shame

Cet article a été publié dans FR2DAY en 2010 (this article was published in FR2DAY in 2010)

Newly released “La Rafle” (The Roundup) is making history by recounting one of the darkest events of France’s past; an event that the country tried for decades to forget and that marked the climax of the collaboration of the Vichy government with the German occupants. 592 more words


Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay

From Goodreads: Paris, July 1942: Sarah, a ten year-old girl, is brutally arrested with her family by the French police in the Vel’ d’Hiv’ roundup, but not before she locks her younger brother in a cupboard in the family’s apartment, thinking that she will be back within a few hours. 487 more words

Historical Fiction

Keeping Sarah's Key

Tatiana De Rosnay’s novel, Sarah’s Key, was profoundly disturbing to me.  I haven’t studied much about World War Two or the Holocaust so I don’t know much beyond general knowledge.   382 more words

Book Review

Sarah's Key

Sarah’s Key, Tatiana de Rosnay (2007)

Having worked in an institution dealing with the Holocaust for the past 12 months, I have encountered a diverse range of opinions on the topic of Holocaust fiction. 528 more words


The Sweetness of Forgetting

The man’s turned to the Statue of Liberty and he stares at it as if he could not turn away from it. His hair is white as snow, he has a receding hairline and he wears a long black coat which at my eyes is something regal. 15 more words



I am currently sat on the floor in a corner of Lyon Saint Exupéry Airport at the end of the first chapter of my year abroad. 279 more words

Year Abroad