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Présentation d'un livre de Monique Saigal

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Français du Monde-ADFE vous invite à

la présentation du livre de Dr. Monique Saigal

«HÉROÏNES FRANÇAISE 1940-1945, Courage, Force et Ingéniosité»

Suivie d’une discussion sur le rôle des femmes penadant l'Occupation.

Dr. Monique Saigal was born in Paris, France before the break out of WWII.

She moved to California at the age of 17 where she attended the University of California in Los Angeles and received her B.A, M.A and PhD in French lit. She is retired now from Pomona College in Claremont, California where she first taught Spanish for several years, as well as French language, literature, films and culture for 45 years. She published articles on French poetry and women writers.

Her first book is entitled L’écriture: Lien de mère à fille chez Jeanne Hyvrard, Chantal Chawaf, et Annie Ernaux.It was published in French by Rodopi in 2000. She wrote French Heroines 1940-1945: Courage, Strength and Ingenuityfirst in French, published by les éditions du Rocher, Paris, France, 2008. The book was translated into English in 2010. Both versions were revised in 2015.

The photos are preceded by a long introduction telling her story as a hidden Jewish child. By chance, a Catholic family saved her and raised her from age 3, until age 12, several years after the war had ended. The photo on the cover of her book is that of her grandmother who was gassed at Auschwitz September 30, 1942. Monique visited the camp September 30, 2015. The book also tells about 18 women she interviewed because they were Resistance fighters. The last one tells about her grandmother who remains the closest one to her heart . Dr. Monique Saigal has given power point presentations in the USA, France, Belgium, Switzerland and Canada. She has spoken in schools and universities to students of all ages and in Jewish Community Centers, as well as other religious groups charitable organizations, libraries, book clubs, etc. She has had several book signings including several at the Holocaust Museum in Washington, DC in September 2014, July 2015 and October 2016. She received the Wig Award for Excellence in Teaching at Pomona College, California in 1997. On May 8th, 2012, she was granted the Dr. Philip Weiss Inaugural Award For Storytelling For Peace and Human Rights from the University of Manitoba, in Winnipeg, Canada, and the Faculty Alumni Award from Pomona College, in 2013.


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