8 2013


10 2013

Hélène Berr: The Exhibition

9:00AM - 6:00PM  

Richland County Public Library 1431 Assembly Street
Columbia, SC 29201

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HÉLÈNE BERR, A STOLEN LIFE gives breath anew to the budding young scholar whose life was cut short in the Holocaust. Through texts and photographs, the exhibition, organized by the Mémorial de la Shoah, vividly portrays the life story of this accidental author and her stunning journal. Hélène Berr was a student of English at the Sorbonne, in Paris, when the Nazis invaded France. In 1942, at age 21, she began writing a journal describing the world that ostracized her for being a Jew. She wrote in her journal every day until March 1944 when she was deported to Auschwitz. Like her contemporary, Anne Frank, Berr died in Bergen-Belsen in 1945, days before the camp was liberated. Berr's journal surfaced five years ago and instantly became a "classic" in France, both for its exquisite language and the rare view of how French Jews perceived persecution during the German occupation. The HÉLÈNE BERR, A STOLEN LIFE exhibition will be on display at the Richland County Public Library on Assembly Street from April 8 through May 10, 2013: Monday-Thursday 9:00 AM-9:00 PM, Friday-Saturday 9:00 AM-6:00 PM, Sunday 2:00 PM-6:00 PM.