“Hélène Berr, A Stolen Life,” an exhibit by the Mémorial de la Shoah (Paris, France), is from the personal journal written by Hélène Berr. The exhibit tells the story of a young Jewish French woman, whose promising future was brutally cut short by the Vichy Government's laws and the Nazi extermination plan. Studying English Literature at Sorbonne University, Hélène Berr was 21 years old when she began her journal.
The narrative follows her steps through Paris under German Occupation, observing her daily experiences of the unbearable, oscillating between hope and despair, until her arrest and deportation to Auschwitz in 1944. She died in Bergen Belsen days before the liberation of the camp in 1945; exemplified by the last lines of her journal, “Horror! Horror! Horror!”.
The exhibition was designed, created and distributed by the Mémorial de la Shoah in Paris, France (curators Karen Taieb and Sophie Nagiscarde), with the guidance of Mariette Job niece of Hélène Berr, and made possible through the generous support of SNCF.