Forbidden Lives - Mireille Boccara
Mireille Boccara discovered anti-Semitism before she was seven, in her school playground in Lyon. Six years later came defeat in war, the Occupation of France by the Germans and soon after, the hunting down of Jews.
Mireille’s father, Elie Lalou, an eminent citizen awarded the Légion d’Honneur, put his trust in Marshal Pétain and the laws of his country. Despite the alarm signals, he could not believe that the life of his family was threatened. The story of a French Jewish family Forbidden Lives recaptures the climate and diversity of behaviour during the Occupation.
With their mother, Mireille and her brothers managed to escape the claws of the Nazis and their accomplices, but not all members of the family emerge unscathed from the disaster.