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SUMMARY ´ Journal By Hélène Berr Û From April 1942 to February 1944 Hélène Berr a recent graduate of the Sorbonne kept a journal of her life in Nazi occupied Paris seeking refuge from the harsh realities of being a Jew under the Vichy regime Hélène writes of literature music love and the beauty of her city striving to remain calm and rationForced to march to Bergen Belsen where she died in April 1945 just days before British troops arrived to liberate the camp The Journal of Hélène Berr is both an intensely moving intimate document and a significant contribution to the history of the Holocaus. I just finished The Journal of Helene Berr and I have to say that everyone should read it Like The Diary of Anne Frank it is an unbelievably moving first hand account of a Jewish girl's perspective on the war occupation and genocideI cannot even begin to express how this book has made me feel Also like Anne Helene died only days before her camp was liberated by the British which is just such a cruel heartbreaking thing She was arrested on the one night her family decided to sleep in their own home She was found beat to death after her typhus prevented her from rising from her bunk that dayThe kind of courage that this girl expressed in her journal is just about the most inspiring thing I have ever read The things she went through She risked her life to save orphaned Jewish children from deportation She is also my age exactly so I understand so much of her feelings and the way she thinks I feel such a strong kinship with Helene and it absolutely breaks my heart that her life was ended so early and in such a horrific manner I feel like I've lost a friendHaving a personal portrait of the tragedies of the Holocaust being able to pick out a single face in the devastatingly large crowd has taught me about what it was like than anything else ever has First Anne now Helene In her diary she explicitly states that she writes not for pity but to impart understanding to those that read itIf only everyone in the world could reach such an understanding of the horrors of inhumanity and injustice and on the specific effects it has on a person This terror has not been wiped out from the heart of men How could anyone ever do this to another human being

Journal By Hélène BeForced to march to Bergen Belsen where she died in April 1945 just days before British troops arrived to liberate the camp The Journal of Hélène Berr is both an intensely moving intimate document and a significant contribution to the history of the Holocaus. I just finished The Journal of Helene Berr and I have to say that everyone should read it Like The Diary of Anne Frank it is an unbelievably moving first hand account of a Jewish girl's perspective on the war occupation and genocideI cannot even begin to express how this book has made me feel Also like Anne Helene died only days before her camp was liberated by the British which is just such a cruel heartbreaking thing She was arrested on the one night her family decided to sleep in their own home She was found beat to death after her typhus prevented her from rising from her bunk that dayThe kind of courage that this girl expressed in her journal is just about the most inspiring thing I have ever read The things she went through She risked her life to save orphaned Jewish children from deportation She is also my age exactly so I understand so much of her feelings and the way she thinks I feel such a strong kinship with Helene and it absolutely breaks my heart that her life was ended so early and in such a horrific manner I feel like I've lost a friendHaving a personal portrait of the tragedies of the Holocaust being able to pick out a single face in the devastatingly large crowd has taught me about what it was like than anything else ever has First Anne now Helene In her diary she explicitly states that she writes not for pity but to impart understanding to those that read itIf only everyone in the world could reach such an understanding of the horrors of inhumanity and injustice and on the specific effects it has on a person This terror has not been wiped out from the heart of men How could anyone ever do this to another human being

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Journal By Hélène Berr â From April 1942 to February 1944 Hélène Berr a recent graduate of the Sorbonne kept a journal of her life in Nazi occupied Paris seeking refuge from the harsh realities of being a Jew under the Vichy regime Hélène writes of literature music love and the b. Helene Berr’s journal begins in April 1942 She’s an incredibly gifted student studying English literature at the Sorbonne in Paris Apparently much of her journal was written in English She’s also a very gifted musician Her family is Jewish wealthy and long settled in France For the first eighty pages there’s barely a mention of the war or of the Nazis occupying her country Helene is caught up in the excitements of her student life She had a boyfriend who has left France to fight for the Free French but is increasingly unsure of her feelings for him Her journal concentrates on these doubts on beautiful descriptions of Paris and her second home in the country her university life her studies – Shakespeare Shelley and Keats all very prominent and her love of playing the violin in music groups It’s a beautiful unfiltered vivid account of her life Thus we get to know Helene as a young girl we can all recognise Then she meets the tremendously handsome Jean Morawiecki a fellow student at the Sorbonne and gradually falls in love Probably the most poignant aspect of this journal is the coincidence of her falling in love just at the moment when the horror of Nazi policy towards the Jews could no longer be ignored On the one hand she couldn’t feel lucky on the other she couldn’t feel unfairly persecuted This culminates with the first day she has to wear the yellow star Never has anyone made me feel keenly what an absolute humiliation that must have felt like Eventually Jean too leaves France to fight for the Free French Helene doesn’t write a word for almost a year afterwards When she returns to her journal her voice has changed Now she is writing for Jean and her writing loses a lot of its freshness and immediacy Her vibrant personality no longer informs her writing The journal becomes a bit stiff and self conscious It’s as if she now knows she is writing for posterity Now she’s working for a Jewish organisation supported by the Nazis which also has a clandestine branch devoted to finding orphan Jewish children safe homes Helene and her parents now sleep with friends but it’s like a stubborn fatalism has taken hold of her Perhaps she feels guilty that she is still safe while most of her friends have been deported It’s at this point that one can’t help wanting to shout at her For god’s sake save yourself Instead despite all the warnings she and her parents sleep in their own home one night in March 1944 and are arrested Contrary to the narrative in many Holocaust novels when so often characters seem to know all about Auschwitz as early as 1943 Helene despite being very well connected in Jewish resistance circles still knows nothing about the death camps She survived eight months in Auschwitz and five months in Bergen Belsen before being beaten to death for being too weak to attend rollcall only five days before the liberation of the camp When Jean read her journal after the war he wrote “if it made her present it only emphasised the cruelty of her irremediable absence a pale and frozen hand stretched out towards me so I could bring it back to life”This journal brings Helene back to life with a force that absolutely wrings your heart It’s one of the most powerful pleas against racism I’ve ever read Unbelievable and unforgivable that there are still so many people in the world who scapegoat and spew hatred on ethnic minorities The worst and most dangerous form of self aggrandising ignoranceMy only minor gripe is that there wasn't an afterward informing us what happened to Helene's friends I was especially interested in Francoise Bernheim who by all accounts was as vivacious and gifted as Helene and her best friend There's only one mention of her on Google but it would appear she died at Auschwitz I can't help wondering if they saw each other there SUMMARY ë MONEYEXPRESSCARD.CO.UK ✓ Hélène Berr

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Hélène Berr ✓ 1 SUMMARY Eauty of her city striving to remain calm and rational even as tragedy closes in In 1944 Hélène and her parents were arrested and sent to Drancy On her twenty third birthday they were taken to Auschwitz where her parents died within six months Hélène was. It has taken me forever to read this book because it is so heart wrenching The Diary of Ann Frank was the this story of a young girl THIS is the story of a young woman living in Paris during the German Occupation As a 21 22 year old attending the Sorbonne who becomes and mature Helene elouently tells of the expeience of living during this period She writes of her thoughts and beliefs talking about the blindness of the German population to what the Nazis are doing and the horrors her friends and aauintances are going through as she and her family wait to be picked up as well while going about their daily routines She talks of the similarities between the Christian and Jewish faith and how insane it is for someone to hate one without hating the other She tells this with and sadness and anger feeling that somewhere there must be a narrative of unjust horrors she sees around her It is uite a read and well worth any depression or sorrow you may encounter along the way