Resources for Yvonne

Resources Related to Yvonne’s Story

To continue your study of this topic and to help with your research, use the following additional sources. Books preceded by an asterisk are especially recommended for middle and high school students.

Books

Jewish Children in France

  • Your Name is Renee
    by Cretzmeyer, Stacy. New York, 1999.
    Story of a French Jew hidden at a Catholic orphanage. Recommended for grades 5-8.
  • Don’t They Know the World Stopped Breathing?
    by Fersen-Osten, Renee. New York, 1991.
    Memoir of Yvonne’s sister.
  • French Children of the Holocaust
    by Klarsfeld, Serge. New York, 1996.
    Rich collection of photographs of 1500 children together with biographical information.
  • Vichy France and the Jews
    by Marrus, Michael and Robert O. Paxton. New York: Basic Books, 1981.
    Examines the Vichy regime’s anti-Semitic policies and practices, and documents French cooperation in the Nazi effort to eliminate the Jews (NYPL description).

Children in Hiding

  • *The Hidden Children of the Holocaust: Teens who Hid from the Nazis
    by Kustanowitz, Esther. New York, 1999.
    Short biographies of young individuals hiding during the Holocaust.
  • Hiding in the Open
    by Neumark, Zenon. London and Portland, OR, 2006.
    Memoir of a Jewish teenage boy who passed as an Aryan.
  • *Hiding to Survive: Stories of Jewish Children Rescued from the Holocaust
    by Rosenberg, Maxine B. New York, 1994.
    Stories of 14 Jewish children hidden with non-Jewish families during the Holocaust.
  • Hiding in the Open
    by Zimering, Sabina S. St. Cloud, MN, 2001.
    Memoir of a Jewish girl who, posing as a Catholic Pole with her sister, hid in Germany.

General

  • Children with a Star: Jewish Youth in Nazi Europe
    by Dwork, Deborah. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1991.
    Pioneering study of the lives of Jewish children during the Holocaust.

Websites

  • www.ushmm.org/museum/exhibit/online/hiddenchildren/index
    An online exhibition about Hidden Children, from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
  • www1.yadvashem.org/righteous/index_righteous.html
    Information about those who rescued Jews during the Holocaust, as honored by Yad Vashem, Israel’s Holocaust memorial and museum
  • www.adl.org/hidden
    An organization of the Anti-Defamation League, founded in order to let the world know about the experiences of children hidden during the Holocaust

Films

  • Au Revoir, Les Enfants
    104 minutes, 1987
    A Jewish boy is sheltered by a courageous French priest who is betrayed. The priest is deported with three Jewish boys from his Jesuit boarding school to Auschwitz. French, with English subtitles.
  • The Children of Izieu
    26 minutes, 1992
    The story of the 44 Jewish children in age from 3 to 18 in hiding at La Maison d’Izieu in France. In 1944 the Nazis sent three vehicles to the tiny French village to exterminate the children of the orphanage. English and French, with English subtitles.
  • Weapons of the Spirit
    90 minutes, 1989
    The story of a small French town, Le Chambon-sur-Lignon, and how the townspeople saved 5,000 Jews, many of them children, during the Holocaust. English and French, with English subtitles.
  • The Children of Chabannes
    93 minutes, 1999
    From 1939 to 1942, members of the OSE child welfare group and the staff of the Chabannes School hid more than 400 Jewish children in the village of Chabannes in central France. This film documents the 1996 reunion of two aged teachers with the children they helped to save. English and French, with English subtitles.

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