Your Name Is Renée: Ruth Kapp Hartz's Story as a Hidden Child in Nazi-Occupied France - Stacy Cretzmeyer Imagine your five-year-old daughter sitting in school every day not knowing if Maman and Papa will even be there when she goes home. Then imagine telling your little girl she's going on a vacation with some friends, when you're really sending her to a convent orphanage and you may never see her again. Ruth Kapp Hartz (alias Renee Caper) was that little girl. Her family fled to rural France during World War II. They spent a total of five years in hiding. When the war was over, Ruth had no memory of a time in her life when she wasn't in hiding. She had no idea what a normal life would feel like. Ruth chose to have the story told from the point of view of the little girl she was rather than from the perspective of an adult looking back on the experiences. Early in the book this can at times get tiresome in its simplistic presentation, but after she gets to the orphanage it's not so noticeably childish. You can really get a sense of how it felt for a little Jewish girl in a Catholic convent---scared, confused, with the nuns insisting that her parents were dead. (They weren't told she was a Jewish refugee and believed she was really an orphan.) Ruth/Renee didn't understand the Latin prayers, songs, and rituals of Catholicism, but had to pretend she was a blossoming Catholic girl. Her one Jewish friend had been sent to the infirmary, so she felt truly alone. What Ruth/Renee didn't understand was that Soreze was an orphanage for French children only. Her parents were German refugees, so they had to say she was someone else's child so she'd be allowed to stay at the orphanage until the war was over. The book has a fairly narrow focus. It's an interesting look at the dailiness of the lives of Jews in France who were passing as non-Jews with false identification papers. While the Vichy government and Parisians were collaborating with the Nazis, many good country folk in Southern France risked their own hides to shelter, warn, and transport Jews throughout the war.