NYR DAILY

Growing Up in Wartime France

In 1940, the Germans invaded France. My family found refuge in a village near Normandy. My brother and I spent part of the war hiding with a peasant family who took in Jewish children. We were the lucky ones; nobody denounced us to the Germans who were occupying the village. But at the start of the war, a bomb fell on our house. I was alone with my mother at the time. She was badly injured.