La France Divisée

Janine Banet Godkine

Portrait of Janine Banet Godkine

Janine and her family were hidden during the war by a courageous Catholic family in Châteauroux
J anine Banet Godkine was born in Paris on June 13, 1925 to a French mother and Polish father (both Jewish). She was an adolescent when the Germans invaded France. Fearful that someone would detect her father’s accent, Janine and her family left Paris. They were hidden during the war by a courageous Catholic family in Châteauroux. In her testimony, she talks about the anti-Jewish measures: the yellow star, the round-ups, the last metro for Jews, the take-over of Jewish businesses, the danger of foreign-born Jews and the role of the French milice. At the same time, she praises the courageous acts of Gentiles that saved her family.