Hélène Berr, a Stolen Life Exhibition in Reno, Nevada

wednesday 01 march 2017sunday 30 april 2017

This exhibition is based on the journal written by Hélène Berr, a young Jewish French woman, whose promising future was brutally cut short by Vichy Government’s laws and the extermination plan imagined by the Nazis. Studying English Literature at Sorbonne University, Helene Berr was 21 years old when she began her journal. We follow her steps through Paris under the German Occupation, perceiving the daily experience of the unbearable, oscillating between hope and despair, until her arrest and deportation to Auschwitz in 1944.

While revealing a true premonition of the inescapable, this subtle testimony is exceptionally poetic, has rare literary qualities, and carries a universal dimension that regards and questions every human being with sincerity. The exhibition however goes beyond the framework of Helene Berr’s journal and personality, as it broadens the context of the Occupation and addresses largely the persecution of the Jews in France. With the support of photographs, archives, films, interactive animations and maps, this exhibition shows how the daily lives of Jews had been impacted by these terrible acts of violence.



Thursday, March 9, 2017 at 6pm

RSVP by March 4 at deborah.farnault@memorialdelashoah.org



Saturday, March 11, 2017, from 10:00am–4:30pm

“History of the Jews in France under the Vichy Regime”

Professional credits available for teachers

RSVP by March 8 at deborah.farnault@memorialdelashoah.org


film screening

Saturday, April 1, 2017, from 11am–1pm

From Hollywood to Nuremberg: John Ford, Samuel Fuller, George Stevens (54 minutes, France, 2012)

A film screening followed by a discussion with director and historian Christian Delage, organized by the Mémorial de la Shoah and the Northwest Reno Library.


This 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.

This presentation was made possible through the support of the Consulate General of France in San Francisco, the Embassy of France in the United States, Washoe County, Washoe County Library System, Friends of Washoe County Library, and SNCF.

Picture : Portrait of Hélène Berr © Mémorial de la Shoah, Coll. Mariette Job

Free admission

Northwest Reno Library

2325 Robb Dr, Reno, NV 89523