Left Bank Books, 21 East Main St./Route 1, will welcome professor Betty-Becker Theye to a book signing and talk Friday, July 30 at 7 p.m. Becker-Theye is the translator of “The Hidden Children of France 1940-1945: Stories of Survival,” edited by Danielle Baillie and originally published in France. The event is free of charge, and the public is warmly invited.

“he Hidden Children of France” documents the stolen childhoods of 18 young Holocaust survivors who figure among the last witnesses of the Nazi era. Baillie herself was one of the surviving “hidden children” whose stories are included in this collection. The 18 former hidden children describe their lives before, during and after the war, recounting their incredible journeys and expressing their deepest gratitude to those who put themselves at risk to help and save others.

Although the history of France’s hidden children is little known to American readers, French citizens saved six out of seven Jewish children and three-fourths of the Jewish adult population from deportation during the Nazi occupation. Bailly’s book helps shed light on this fascinating and poignant chapter of World War II history. Besides a discussion of the book and its narrators, Becker-Theye also will comment on the challenge of translation of a work such as this into English. Excerpts from the book will be read aloud by young readers from the community.

Baillie was professor of linguistics at Paris Diderot University until 1998. Becker-Theye is Professor Emeritus and former dean of the College of Fine Arts and Humanities at the University of Nebraska at Kearney and adjunct professor of modern languages at the University of Maine’s Hutchinson Center in Belfast. She is the author of “The Seducer as Mythic Figure in Richardson, Laclos, and Kierkegaard.”

For more information or to reserve a book for the event, call Left Bank Books at 548-6400.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to dernest@villagesoup.com.