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Discussion Questions for Sarah's Key

​Our staff readers have prepared this list of discussion questions for those reading Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay. Next week will will introduce the staff members reading the book and they will begin sharing their own thoughts on these questions. We hope you will join the conversation.

Discussion Questions for Sarah's Key

1. Were you aware of France’s role in WWII, especially as it pertains to the Vel’ d’Hiv roundup? What was your reaction to the way the French handled it?

2. Did you like the style in which Sarah’s Key was written? Why or why not? Did you prefer one voice over the other (Julia’s or Sarah’s)?

3. In a story filled with so much grief, what were some positive aspects of Sarah’s Key?

4. If you have had the opportunity to see the movie version of Sarah’s Key, which did you like best – the novel or the movie? Why?

5. Historical photos are discussed in the book but not provided. To gain a visual insight into the Vel’ d’Hiv roundup, view a gallery of images that document the roundup, the children who were taken, and the Holocaust in France.

6. Revealing family secrets can be very healing or very damaging. Do you think it would have been better if Julia left her family secret alone?

7. Every character in Sarah’s Key makes a different personal sacrifice, large or small, for their family. Which sacrifice was the hardest for you to understand?

8. Try a recipe that Sarah and her family might have enjoyed while they were living in France in the 1940s – Matzo Ball Soup.

9. How is loss of innocence an important theme in this story?
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