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Jewish Studies Program

Helen Berr Exhibition

Monday, April 8, 2013 - 7:00am to Friday, May 10, 2013 - 11:30pm

Hélène Berr, A Stolen Life

April 8 – May 10, 2013
Richland County Public Library
1431 Assembly Street, Columbia, SC


An exhibition of great beauty and importance is coming to South Carolina in March and April 2013.  It’s called Hélène Berr: A Stolen Life. 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 a 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.

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 Memorial de le Shoah, vividly portrays the life story of this accidental author and her stunning journal. This exhibition, curated by Karen Taïeb and Sophie Nagiscarde, was designed, created, and circulated by the Mémorial de la Shoah (Paris, France) and made possible through the generous support of the SNCF.

[Co-sponsored by the South Carolina Council on the Holocaust, Alliance Francaise de Columbia, USC European Studies program, USC Jewish Studies program, and the Lourie Law Firm, LLC.]

For further information, contact Erica Safran (

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