Sarah´s Key Savanna Foster

Exemplary Evaluator, May 4

  1. From English, French, and Russian decent.
  2. Born in 1961 in the Suburbs of Paris.
  3. Moved to England in the early 1980s.
  4. Published 12 novels in French and 3 in English.
  5. Former literary critic for Psychologies Magazine.
  6. Married to Nicolas Jolly.
  7. Educated at the University of East Anglia.
  8. The movies "Sarah's Key" and "Moka" were based off of her books.
  9. Moved to Boston when she was 8.
  10. Half french, half English.
  11. Growing up in France, she learned history that affected her writing.
  12. Her father taught at MIT in the 1970s.
  13. She was Paris editor for Vanity Fair Magazine.
  14. Lives in Paris with her husband and two teenagers.
  15. "Sarah's Key" is her first novel written in her mother tongue, English.
  16. Currently works as a journalist for French ELLE.
  17. Wrote "A Secret Kept".
  18. Wrote "The House I Loved".
  19. Wrote "The Other Story".
  20. Her cultural individuality inspires her to write about foreign history.
  21. Got married in 1992.
  22. "Sarah's Key" was originally rejected by Tatiana's usual publishing house, Plon.
  23. She had trouble with publishing this book because it's written in French.
  24. Her newest novel is "Rose".
  25. She had to prove that she was French to return to France to see the making of the film of "Sarah's key".

Connection Builder, May 3

During the Holocaust, thousands of French Soldiers were forced to capture French citizens because of their religion. Judaism was considered a sin to many germans only because they have different religious practices and beliefs. This is how some Americans see Muslims. Islamic cultures are resented by some American citizens because of the actions SOME Muslims have chosen. When a tragedy happens and a Muslim is blamed, their entire religion, culture, and race is seen differently in the eyes of others. After numerous coincidences, they are seen this way as a whole. They are feared because of the actions of STRANGERS that share their origin.

Solution-Well there are always beliefs such as Donald Trumps. He hopes to prevent Muslim immigration all together. While this is a logical solution, it isn't the most realistic. It would be nearly impossible to just 'remove the problem'. Perhaps it's our judgment that causes certain outbursts of destruction. If we considered them citizens and not simply Muslims, maybe those who have acted out against America could rethink their viewpoints.

Character Captain, May 2

Word Cloud, May 1

Literary Luminary, April 28

Discussion Director, April 26-27

5 things the French Police did to Jews during the Vel d´hiv roundup.

1. The French Police, working for Hitler, herded 13,000 French Jews into a Paris cycling stadium.

2. The Jews were kept in tight quarters and guarded by the French Police.

3. They were often starved, besides the occasional stale bread.

4.Hitler´s original plan was to round up 22,000 parisian Jews and send them to concentrations camps to be gassed. Though the numbers were short, he still managed to complete the rest of his plan without fail.

5.The only water they had access to was a single hydrant pumping filthy water into the packed stadium.

7 pieces of information about Jewish culture.

1.The Jewish have Sabath, the one day a week when they are forbidden to work. This day is meant for celebration and rest.

2.Judaism is a religion that focuses far more on deeds that on general beliefs. It is a set of many practices that combine to create a way of life.

3.During world war II in the 1940ś, the Jews were shown no mercy by Hitler and his followers. Most Germans and even some French officials collected the practicing Jews and their families and sent them to concentration camps to suffer.

4.There were a decent number of Jewish survivors after the war. In the Vel d´hiv roundup, however; there were nearly no survivors whatsoever. There were only non-Jewish witnesses and those few Jews who were lucky enough to hide long enough to survive the monstrosity.

5.The French always denied remembering and honoring the event because of their shame. The French soldiers did such terrible things to Parisian citizens and they want nothing more than to forget their brutal actions.

6.Jewish children are often found more mature than other religions\cultures. This is because they celebrate their right of passage at 12 or 13. This makes them considerably mature for their age (typically).

7.Jews spent years and years being disrespected because they share a different faith. For over a decade they were murdered for their beliefs, considered criminals to the law, and appointed disgraces to society. They had doubts in such times of suffering and death, as anyone would. Their faith, however, remained strong and resisted those who put down their culture, their race, and their way of life. Judaism continues on even after the events of WWII. Now the Jewish families with ancestors, or current family members, that were involved in the Jewish roundups and the Holocaust have stories to tell of the bravery and courage their families showed in these horrific times.

Exemplary Evaluator, April 25

I used emotional propaganda because most people are familiar with heartbreak. They know the feelings and consequences. This is written by Bertrand and directed towards Julia. This particular theme was chosen because of Bertrand's constant need to comment on Julia's mental criticism for the French and the fact that she is "overwhelmingly American".

Connection Builder, April 24

Julia Jarmond is American, but she has cultural experience. We relate in this way as I have traveled bits and pieces of Europe and have about the same amount of respect for their culture as I do for America's. She also finds herself interested in other peoples' pasts and personal lives. I can definitely relate to her nosy aspect. She also tends to say things that she means but she didn't necessarily plan on saying outloud; I do this quite often.

Character Captain, April 21

Discussion Director-April 18

The book I have read is a historical fiction novel based on the Holocaust called ¨Sarah´s Key¨ by Tatiana De Rosnay. There are two settings in this book; Paris, 1942 and Paris, 2002. I will be analyzing the main character in the modern section of the novel, Julia Jarmond. She is a reporter and she is nothing less than nosy. But of course there are occasional benefits to not minding your own business.

Because of her reporter status, she has no problem talking to strangers and she´s certainly bold in the face of conflict. When she was interviewing survivors of the Vel d´ hiv´ roundup and people who experienced it as free, non-Jewish citizens, she confronted the Parisian elders with confidence and pride in her project, even if they did´nt want to bring up the past. She has a pretty unique sense of humor but it gives her an intriguing and individual personality. For instance, in paragraph 2 on page 35, Julia says¨I used to give excellent imitations of the Looney Tunes French skunk, Pepe Le Pew¨. She loves France but occasionally takes the culture as a joke, just as her French husband does constantly to her American heritage.

She is a loving mother in more ways than one, so much so that her maternal instincts sometimes get the best of her. She is honest and very sarcastic most of the time. A majority of her reactions to her loved ones and strangers are either witty or judgemental. Overall she is a good person and she has good intentions/morals. She is beyond determined when she sets her mind on something, a quality that is portrayed as she searches for more information about Sarah Starzynski throughout this entire novel.

Exemplary Evaluator-April 17

1942 is the theme of Sarah/Sirka's story and 2002 to the theme of Julia's story.

Connection Builder April 13

In ¨I will come back for you¨, Nonna talks about how during WWII Jews could not own radios, go to certain beaches, or even attend public schools. Sirka talks about this in ¨Sarah´s Key¨as well. She describes how at one point she started noticing differences in the world around her. Such as ¨No Jews¨ signs and ¨Jews only¨ signs. Also how her family stopped being able to go to certain restaurants and cinemas, she got dirty looks when others noticed her star, and she lost her non-Jewish friends. In ¨I will come back for you¨, Papa plans on escaping the German police and avoid being held in a concentrations camp after being separated from his family. ¨Sarah´s Key¨ has the concept of escaping concentration camps and returning home.

Character Captain April 12

Julia Jarmond

Who raised Zoe

Who loves Bertrand

Who hates Amelie

Who wants to return to the states

Who dreams of finding Sarah Starzynski

Who is determined to keep her unborn child

Who values American heritage

Who lives in Paris

Who cares for Parisians

Who works as a journalist

Sarah Starzynski

Literary Luminary April 10

  • Page 3-¨She wanted her mother to stand up straight and look at the men boldly, to stop cowering, to prevent her heart from beating like that, like a frightened animal´s¨.
  • Comments-All she needed in that moment was her mother to stand up to the police and tell her that everything was going to be alright. But her mother was stunned in such horrific times
  • Page 14-¨She pronounced their names with and expression of distaste, thought the girl, as if she was saying a swearword, one of those dirty words you were never supposed to utter.¨
  • Comments-The concierge lady was treating them for the first time ever as worthless outcasts because they were Jews. She said their names like they didn´t matter, as if they were a disgrace to humanity.
  • Page 19-There were tears running down his face, silent tears of helplessness and shame that she could not understand.
  • Comments- Her neighbor was feeling remorse and pity for her because she's innocent and in his heart he knows that everyone is equal whether they are Jewish or not. She can see in his eyes that he wishes he could help them escape, but she doesn't know why her circumstance is bad enough to escape from.
  • Page 33- From where the girl sat, she could see the dislocated body of the woman, the bloody skull of the child, sliced open like a ripe tomato.
  • Comments- Gruesome, positively gruesome. Most don't understand how a simple book could cause strong emotions in someone whom it does not relate to. This quote accurately portrays how critical the circumstances were at the time. The girl didn't know how to react. She had never seen such a sight and at that moment, instead of losing hope in her survival, she decided her brother and his well being were worth fighting for. From that point on she knew she had to keep retaliating against the German-controlled Parisian Officers.
  • Page 97-She remembered her mother, bent over the pile of handiwork, sewing on each star patiently, one after the other.
  • Comments-She has this memory as she is contemplating removing her star. She feels it is a symbol of the reason she has been separated from her family and hated by society. She also remembers her mom telling her to wear it proudly because it's a symbol of her faith and she should be proud of what she believes in.
  • Page 100- They cuddled close to each other, reveling in the smell of fresh moss, so different from the stinking straw of the barracks.
  • Comments-Even though the girl is currently homeless, a runaway Jew, and lacking the family she once had, she is grateful they escaped and now she can struggle at her own free will. The girl is also glad she is accompanied by Rachel, and she doesn't have to go through all of this alone.

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