The Journal of Hélène Berr

The Journal of Hélène Berr

Hélène Berr and translated by David Bellos Paperback, 307 pages; 2008
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This evening I've changed my mind: I now think it is cowardly not to wear it, vis-à-vis people who will.
Only, if I do wear it, I want to stay very elegant and dignified at all times so that people can see what it means. I want to do whatever is most courageous. This evening I believe that means wearing the star.
But where will it lead?


At first glance, The Journal of Hélène Berr seems entirely ordinary: brief reflections by a middle-class French college student, in 1942, about her romantic travails, visits with friends, and excursions around Paris. But as Hélène's school term draws to a close and summer drifts into the city, unsettling hints of a darker reality creep into her entries - occupying German soldiers practice their formations, a classmate's falsely imprisoned father dies, a new beau shares his diplomat father's anxiety. Then the order comes for all Jews to wear the yellow star, and Hélène's world changes forever. As seen through the eyes of a privileged young Parisian Jew, this gripping account of life under the German occupation is critical reading for us all. (KG)

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