No 154 - June 2023


Herman Lawetz
My parents in World War II. A Siberian epic
The history of population transfers to the borders of Poland during the Second World War is not well known. The memories of Herman Lawetz, born a Soviet citizen on the borders of Siberia, introduce us to it through the keen eyes of a child. His parents, Salo Lawetz and Jadzia Fiszauf, Jews of Austrian and Polish nationality, escape in 1939 from the Lvov cul de sac only to be sent to work in the USSR. After the war, they returned to Poland in 1946, then to Vienna, and in 1949 they embarked for Canada in Bremen. The author’s genealogy takes us on other journeys in the footsteps of the survivors and victims of the Shoah. Journeys in space through Europe to France and Ukraine.

Denis Lévy
Les origines du peintre Moses Levy (Tunis 1885 – Viareggio 1968)
The origins of painter Moses Levy (Tunis 1885 – Viareggio 1968)

Rémy Chicheportiche
Haim Ben-Oualid (ca. 1837-1917). Wanderings of a 19th century emissary from Judea
The archives of the Rabbinical Court of Rabat and of the Maaravi community in Jerusalem - digitized by the National Library of Israel - tell the story of the genealogy of the Moroccan shadar Haïm Ben- Oualid, his installation in Palestine and his activity as a rabbinical emissary around the Mediterranean ... and beyond.

Pierre-André Meyer
The ancestry of Aron and Kufe Kahn, from Krautergersheim (Bas-Rhin): from Metz to Alsace
How to find the ancestry of two heads of family from Krautergersheim appearing in the 1784 census of the Jews of Alsace, whose marriage contract is absent from the «Fraenckel», whose signature in Hebrew is not filiative and whose death certificate is non-filiative (for one), or even absent for the other? It is the mention of the place of birth (Metz) in the death certificate of the first of the two heads of family that has made it possible to solve this problem. We also note that one of these names, Akiba, of which «Kufe» is a variant, was transmitted in this family, in various forms, from the 17th to the 20th century, through nine generations.

Gilles Boulu, Liliane Nedjar
The contribution of the daily newspaper La Dépêche Tunisienne to the genealogy of the Jews of Tunisia
The press of Tunisia, gradually put online, becomes essential to compensate for any shortcomings of the Tunisian civil status and establish genealogies, in association with other sources. One of the main daily newspapers of the Protectorate, La Dépêche Tunisienne (1889-1961), of which an important review has just been published by Liliane Nedjar at the CGJ, provides a wealth of information on the Jewish presence in Tunisia. Together with the family Tapia of Livornese origin, the authors give an example of “blocked” genealogy, made possible by this new source, making it possible to trace the filiation back to the 17th century.


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