La France Divisée

Régine Winder Barshak

Portrait of Regine Winder Barshak

Régine and her family were arrested on July 16, 1942 by the French police and taken to Drancy
R égine Winder Barshak was born in Paris in 1925. Her parents, Jewish émigrés from Poland, were very interested in music and literature. Young Régine lived rather peacefully in Paris with her parents and younger brother until age seventeen when the Germans arrived. Régine and her family were arrested on July 16, 1942 by the French police and taken to Drancy. Mme Winder convinced the authorities to release their French-born daughter. Régine and her brother spent the war years “in hiding” with a non-Jewish aunt in Alsace and received entry visas to the United States in 1947. Mme Barshak presently lives in Brookline, MA where she volunteers for Facing History and Ourselves and frequently speaks to school groups about her wartime experiences.