No 152 - December 2022


Didier Amar
My families, from Salonique to Paris
The author (z’l) describes the life of his paternal (Amar) and maternal (Mizrahi/Allatini) families in Thessaloniki and the tragic destiny of some of his family members during WWII. Through the description of life in Thessaloniki at the end of the 19th century and at the beginning of the 20th century, he highlights the role of important Jewish families in development and the expansion of the city.

Christophe Morhange
The Morhange from Metzervisse to Verdun: A Franco-German family from one War to another (1870-1918)
This article charts the life trajectories of the members of a Jewish family from Moselle, separated by a border between 1871 and 1918. Among the thirteen men old enough to fight in the 1914-18 war, eleven did so serving France, and two, against their will, under the German flag. Beyond the repetitive and emblematic peregrinations and sufferings of this Jewish family, the diverse life trajectories reflect both a loyalty and recognition of Enlightenment and Revolutionary France, the 1791 mother of emancipation, and a triple trauma, that of German 1871 annexation, 1872 exile and the gory barbarism of WWI.

Juliette Duplanil-Weill
Weill and Company: Initial steps with the genealogy of a Jewish family from Alsace

In this article, the author retraces the initiatory journey that led her to the discovery of her origins. Starting from family archives left by her great-grandfather, and guided by several intuitions, she went back in history to meticulously rebuild her family tree, generation by generation. This trip into the past of a family goes hand in hand with an exploration of the genealogical science.

Mireille Provansal
Lippman family from Verdun and their descendants, Jews and citizens

On the basis of abundant family archives, M. Provansal recounts the two-centuries-long history of a Jewish family from Lorraine. All generations asserted their French citizenship and demonstrated their patriotism, from the First Empire to the Republic and from the refusal of the 1871 German annexation to the support of Captain Dreyfus.

Pierre-André Meyer
Louis alias Charles Philippe Caen (c. 1686 -?)

The author questions the identity and ancestry of Louis Caen, a Jew from Metz baptized at the Château de Saint-Cloud on September 10, 1718, with Philippe d’Orléans, regent of the kingdom, as godfather, and his mother Princess Palatine, as godmother.

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