Inspired by Hélène Berr's remarkable journal written during WWII, writer Jennifer Dotson shares strategies for writing your own memoir and tips for getting started using the Librarys extensive collection of memoirs as well as how-to-guides as resources.
This exhibit is based on the journal written by Hélène Berr, a young Jewish French woman, whose future was cut short by Vichy Government's laws and the extermination plan imagined by the Nazis. Studying English Literature at Sorbonne University, Helene Berr was 21 years old when she began her journal. We follow her steps through Paris under the German Occupation, until her deportation to Auschwitz in 1944. The exhibit goes beyond the framework of Hélène Berr's journal and personality, as it broadens the context of the Occupation and addresses the persecution of the Jews in France.