Greta Herensztat, alias Ginette Henry

Hidden Child: When Caritas Saved a Jewish Girl

On the run from the Nazis, “little Ginette” and her mother hide, terrified, in place after place until finally, separated, Herensztat finds a spot of serenity and religious awe in a convent of cloistered nuns. A lifetime later, she returns to the convent as she promised.

We were leaving again. Fleeing. This time from Megève, a pretty little town in the Alps, near the Swiss border. We took some buses and trains, my mother deciding finally to head for the south of France, which was not yet occupied by the Germans. She decided on the city of Nice. In a big city, she said, a woman and a small child would be less noticed.

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