"Hélène Berr - A Stolen Life" / Opening Reception
Thursday, March 1, 2012 at 7:00 PM (EST)
THURSDAY, MARCH 1, 2012 AT 7PM
At La Maison Française | Embassy of France
4101 Reservoir Rd., NW – Washington, DC
FREE – Reservation required
Parking is available on Reservoir Rd. and across the street at Georgetown University Hospital’s pay lot.
“Hélène Berr - A Stolen Life”
An exhibition created, designed and toured by
The Mémorial de la Shoah, Paris, France
This exhibition is made possible through the generous support of SNCF (National Corporation of French Railways) with the support of Victor Caves et Châteaux.
Almost two years after the publication of her journal, written between 1942 and 1944, the Mémorial de la Shoah chose to return to the tragic destiny of Hélène Berr, a young Jewish Parisian girl. Expanding beyond the strict framework of a journal and the personality of Hélène Berr, this exhibit elaborates on the background of the Occupation and more broadly addresses the persecution of the Jews in France during World War II.
A student of English, Hélène Berr was 20 years old when she began writing her journal. The year was 1942, and the anti-Jewish laws of Vichy began, little by little, to radically change her life. Until March of 1944, the date of her arrest, she kept her journal on a daily basis.