Hélène Berr, a Stolen Life Exhibition in Boca Raton, Florida

wednesday 21 december 2016saturday 11 february 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.



Monday, January 9, 2017 at 6pm

In attendance
Dr. Steven D. Roper, Executive Director, Peace, Justice and Human Rights Initiative, Office of the Provost, Florida Atlantic University
Linda Medvin, M. Ed., Director, Center for Holocaust and Human Rights Education, Florida Atlantic University
Stéphanie Menaud-Gougain, Head of Political Affairs and Communication, Consulate Général of France in Miami
Jacques Fredj, Executive Director, Mémorial de la Shoah


RSVP by January 6 at deborah.farnault@memorialdelashoah.org

Complimentary parking on January 9, 5–9pm in Parking Garage 2


Friday, January 6, 2017, from 8:30am–3:30pm

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

Participating teachers will receive a Certificate of Attendance and Course Completion Form for five and a half (5.5) contact hours.


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

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 Miami, the Embassy of France in the United States, and SNCF.

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

Free admission

Florida Atlantic University
Center for Holocaust and Human Rights Education

Parliament Hall
777 Glades Rd
Boca Raton, FL 33431