As a journalist, I visited the Marais area in Paris, a few years ago. I was impressed by the area and the strong sense of something having happened there. Over the week that I was there I explored the narrow streets, had dinner at Jo Goldberg the famous Jewish restaurant and discovered the history of this Jewish quarter. On 16/17 July 1942 a Nazi decreed mass arrest in Paris was carried out by the police. Victims were arrested, held then shipped by rail to Auschwitz for extermination. French policemen and civil servants played a complicit role. It seems that some, particularly children were rescued by holy sisters before the raid and found a hiding place in another part of Paris. This is the case with my two characters, Emile and Jeanne Goldstein, a young Jewish brother and sister. Later still, after the war, members of the French population took over the empty houses and apartments. I was lucky enough to talk to people who remembered that time and later bought a book Rue de Rosier that gives a vivid picture of the life of this area both before, during, and after WW2. HOMECOMING is the result.
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