Danielle Bailey will discuss her book: “The Hidden Children of France, 1940-1945: Stories of Survival.” The history of France’s “hidden children” and of the French citizens who saved six out of seven Jewish children and three-fourths of the Jewish adult population from deportation during the Nazi occupation is little known to American readers. In The Hidden Children of France, 1940-1945, Danielle Bailly (a hidden child herself whose family travelled all over rural France before sending her to live with strangers who could protect her) reveals the stories behind the statistics of those who were saved by the extraordinary acts of ordinary people. Eighteen former “hidden children” describe their lives before, during, and after the war, recounting their incredible journeys and expressing their deepest gratitude to those who put themselves at risk to save others. This event is co-sponsored by Duke Center for Jewish, Studies, the Holocaust Speakers Bureau, The Coalition for Preserving Memory, Jewish Life, Duke Germanic Languages and Literature and the Department of French-Romance Studies.
Monday, March 6 at 6:00 pm at the Freeman Center for Jewish Life at Duke University