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Titre : Sarah Dreams of Pitchipoi
Éditeur : ComteQ Publishing
Date d'édition : 2008
Reliure : PAPERBACK
Etat du livre : Very Good
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Of the six million Jews killed by the Nazis during the Holocaust, close to 80,000 of them were French and foreign Jews deported from France, and around 11,600 of those were children. There is much to be told about their young lives and the premature end of their existence. In fact, there are so many stories that can never be all told. What I have attempted to do is to interweave elements of three separate stories that, together, will enable you to understand something of what those times were like.
The first story is how, in order to save my life, my parents arranged for me to be hidden from the Nazis and the French police, on my own at the age of ten, both in Paris and in the French countryside during the dangerous time of the Holocaust. The second is the larger story of the Nazis efforts with the active participation of the French Vichy government to identify, separate, deport, and ultimately murder the Jews of France. And third, is the story of how those efforts affected Jewish children in particular both those like me who survived and those who did not. In order to tell and authenticate these stories, I have included archival documents, which were researched at the Jewish Archives in Paris and New York. They show the close collaboration between Vichy France and the Nazis in the deportations and photographs from my own family, as well as those from the collections of brothers and sisters who survived their deported siblings and parents.
Why have I told my story of the Holocaust and that of the children of Pitchipoi? I have done so because mankind almost lost its human soul while it happened...and because it must be told...because this threat must not be buried in silence and denial, also because the memory of innocent victims must not be abandoned. Hopefully, knowledge of this man-made cataclysm will prevent it from happening again.
While in hiding, because I had to be quiet and silent, I stopped singing. It had been one of my favored activities as a child. Once, in the U.S. in the fifties, I joined the folk music movement through the Folk Song Society of Philadelphia and performed as a featured International folk singer at their Folk Music Festival concerts. My husband, Milton, offered me my first fine instrument a Martin guitar. I also play a vielle, which is a medieval French folk instrument.
Later, when our three children left for college, I stopped being an ambulant folk singer. I used the golden stowe of art appreciation and knowledge acquired through my attendance for two years at the Barnes Foundation. Also through my husband, a painter who graduated from Philadelphia Academy of the Fine Arts, life was filled with art. I became an art dealer and opened the Suzanne Gross Art Gallery.
Now, at this time of my life, why have I finally told my story of the Holocaust and that of the children of Pitchipoi? Because it must be told...because it must not be buried in silence and denial.
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