From Sarah to Denise

From Sarah to Denise


68 Pages


When changing you identity is your only way to survive...
From Sarah to Denise, two first names for only one person.
In this moving testimony, the author plunges us into History. And it is above all the story of Sarah, a little girl that life and atrocity are going to change into Denise. How did one get to this ?
Terror, solidarity, fight for humanity, absolute horror and unconditional love : through the story of a child, of a family, this deeply moving work immerges us in an essentiel page of our French History. Terribly actual, this essential reading will not leave you unharmed.
Annie Dhainaut-Mintz was born in Niort in 1948.
With strength, patience and emotion, she has reconstituted her family history, that of her mother who is Sarah and Denise. She gives us here her first book.
A deeply touching testimony that will walk you through one of the most terrible times of our History.
A few moments are enough for me to imagine the happiness that we would have had had being together, to discover through their origin another culture that would have transported me beyond the frontiers to my Polish family. But the ideology and the barbarism of a man decided this otherwise.
How to fill this immense void if not by telling their story, from the arrival of Benjamin and Ewa in France to the tragic destiny that led them and their family, to the death camps because they were Jews? This account is the finest homage that I can pay them so that they will also have their place in our memory.
The chronology of the story follows that of history. I reconstitute a puzzle of which the pieces have been scattered for a century.

Annie Dhainaut-Mintz was born in Niort in 1948. With strength, patience and emotion, she reconstitued her family's history and that of her mother, who is Sarah and Denise. From Sarah to Denise is her first book.



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Published 12 January 2017
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EAN13 9791023604566
Language English
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Annie Dhainaut-Mintz
Translated from french by Elaine Harris“Remember only that I was innocent and, just like you, mortal on that day, I too, had had
a face marked by rage, by pity and joy, quite family, a human face.”
Benjamin Fondane,
1944, died at Auschwitz.
Testimony read at Yad Vashem, JerusalemTo my sisters, Martine and Sylvie
To my brother, Jean-Yves
To my children,
Stéphanie, Thomas and Matthieu
To my grandchildren
Etienne, Nicolas, Clément, Noah,
Benjamin, Adèle, Max and Paul
To my nephews and nieces
Antoine, Raphaël, Aurélia and Emilie
To my cousins Emilie and Hélène
Warms thanks to Elaine Harris and
Danièle Guérenneur for this English edition.