Resources for Yvonne

To continue your study of this topic and to help with your research, use the following additional sources. Books preceded by an asterisk are recommended for middle and high school students.


  • Your Name is Renee
    Cretzmeyer, Stacy, New York, 1999.
    Story of a French Jew hidden at a Catholic orphanage. Recommended for grades 5-8.
  • Don’t They Know the World Stopped Breathing?
    Fersen-Osten, Renee, New York, 1991.
    Memoir of Yvonne’s sister.
  • French Children of the Holocaust
    Klarsfeld, Serge, New York, 1996.
    Rich collection of photographs of 1500 children together with biographical information.
  • Vichy France and the Jews
    Marrus, Michael and Robert O. Paxton, New York: Basic Books, 1981.
    Examines the Vichy regime’s anti-Semitic policies and practices, and documents French cooperation in the Nazi effort to eliminate the Jews (NYPL description).
  • *The Hidden Children of the Holocaust: Teens who Hid from the Nazis
    Kustanowitz, Esther, New York, 1999.
    Short biographies of young individuals hiding during the Holocaust.
  • Hiding in the Open
    Zimering, Sabina S., St. Cloud, MN, 2001.
    Memoir of a Jewish girl who, posing as a Catholic Pole with her sister, hid in Germany.
  • *Hiding to Survive: Stories of Jewish Children Rescued from the Holocaust
    Rosenberg, Maxine B., New York, 1994.
    Stories of 14 Jewish children hidden with non-Jewish families during the Holocaust.
  • Hiding in the Open
    Neumark, Zenon, London and Portland, OR, 2006.
    Memoir of a Jewish teenage boy who passed as an Aryan.
  • Children with a Star: Jewish Youth in Nazi Europe
    Dwork, Deborah., New Haven: Yale University Press, 1991.
    Pioneering study of the lives of Jewish children during the Holocaust.


    An online exhibition about Hidden Children, from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
    Information about those who rescued Jews during the Holocaust, as honored by Yad Vashem, Israel’s Holocaust memorial and museum
    An organization of the Anti-Defamation League, founded in order to let the world know about the experiences of children hidden during the Holocaust


  • Au Revoir, Les Enfants
    104 minutes, 1987
    A Jewish boy is sheltered by a courageous French priest. French, with English subtitles.
  • The Children of Izieu
    26 minutes, 1992
    The story of the 44 Jewish children in age from 3 to 18 in hiding at La Maison d’Izieu in France. English and French, with English subtitles.
  • Weapons of the Spirit
    90 minutes, 1989
    The story of a small French town, Le Chambon-sur-Lignon, and how the townspeople saved 5,000 Jews, many of them children, during the Holocaust. English and French, with English subtitles.