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Oral history interview with Giacomo Nunez

Oral History | Accession Number: 2010.90 | RG Number: RG-50.030.0571

Giacomo Nunez, born November 27, 1927 in Tunis, Tunisia, discusses Tunisia’s community of wealthy Livornese Jews; his years at the Italian Regina Margherita school in Tunis; the rise of Italian fascism and his subsequent transfer to the French Lycée Carnot; the relations between Livornese Jews and other ethnic groups; the beginning of the war; his family’s acquisition of French citizenship; the exclusion of Jews and socialist teachers from the Lycée Carnot; the German occupation of Tunisia; his father’s forced participation in the Judenrat; the liberation of Tunis by the Allies; Italian soldiers’ resentment of their former German allies; the French and British military command’s reproach of Italians, including Livornese Jews, for supposed collaboration with Germany; his education in Tunis and Algiers after liberation; his horror upon learning the full extent of the Holocaust; and antisemitic violence after independence and the subsequent emigration of Jews from North Africa.

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Giacomo Nunez
Peggy Frankston
interview:  2010 April 16
1 digital file : WAV.
Record last modified: 2020-03-26 09:23:23
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