In the book Stars and High School Students, published last December, Jean-Jacques Goldman rarely mentions his mother, Ruth, who died in 2008.
During the first booking, in 2020, high school students from Montpellier interviewed 8 celebrities about their feelings about the health crisis. An initiative that led to the birth of a 126-page book, The Stars and High School Students, the sale of 1,000 copies of which increased the profits of the Red Cross Herault by about 9,000 euros. The book, currently unavailable, features exclusive interviews with Julien Clerc, Frances Cabril, Patrick Bruel, Jane Fonda, Mark Harmon (NCIS), Sophie Marceau, Pierre Richard and Jean-Jacques Goldman. Having the author and composer at work is also a great feat, since the latter completely disappeared from the media sphere for several years. When high school students were asked about confinement, Jean-Jacques Goldman indulged in some secrets about his mother, Ruth, who died in 2008.I thought a lot about my mother who had to flee her country of origin, Germany, in 1933, when she was twelve years old. She learned French at school, which she loved, and then the war broke out. She had to “confine” herself in a small village with her parents, and this lasted four years … Four years without school, without friends, without internet, little news, with daily fear of conviction and arrest.”the artist recalls before adding: “But liberation arrived, and she was finally able to get out, work, fall in love, raise three children, live a decent life, and even pass her bac… at the age of 70!
Jean-Jacques Goldman: “We thought life was simple”
Regarding today’s youth, Jean-Jacques Goldman explains:My generation has survived a lot, but my generation is facing a real testThis virus. We thought life was simple and that Rwanda, Bosnia, Lebanon, Syria and Afghanistan were on another planet…but we were wrong. Human life has always been complex and dangerous…”