Elle s'appelait Sarah
Lorsque la police française fait irruption dans leur appartement en pleine nuit, Sarah enferme son petit frère dans un placard et emporte la clé, persuadée qu’elle reviendra le libérer très vite. Mais elle fait partie des milliers de juifs arrêtés lors de la rafle du Vel d’Hiv en juillet 1942.
Editeur d'orgine 2007: Héloïse d'Ormesson
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.
Paris, May 2002: On Vel’ d’Hiv’s 60th anniversary, journalist Julia Jarmond is asked to write an article about this black day in France's past. Through her contemporary investigation, she stumbles onto a trail of long-hidden family secrets that connect her to Sarah. Julia finds herself compelled to retrace the girl's ordeal, from that terrible term in the Vel d'Hiv', to the camps, and beyond.
As she probes into Sarah's past, she begins to question her own place in France, and to reevaluate her marriage and her life. Tatiana de Rosnay offers us a brilliantly subtle, compelling portrait of France under occupation and reveals the taboos and silence that surround this painful episode.
"Sarah's Key", a New York Times bestseller, has been published in 40 countries. A movie starring Kristin Scott-Thomas, directed by Gilles Paquet-Brenner, was released in 2010 in Europe and in the USA in 2012.