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Oral history interview with Réne Pariente

Oral History | Accession Number: 2010.383 | RG Number: RG-50.030.0612

René Pariente discusses growing up in La Marsaa, just outside of Tunis, Tunisia; his family’s ancestry in Italy; his parents Vera Gutierrés and Jules Pariente; the history of Jews in Tunisia; how, when Mussolini proclaimed the anti-Jewish laws of 1938, his father applied to obtain French citizenship; the battle of Kasserine; his father’s death from a pulmonary embolism in June 1940, two days before Germany invaded France; celebrating his Bar Mitzvah in April 1942; the death of his little brother from typhus two days later; memories of bombings in his hometown; soldiers living in his mother’s and grandmother’s apartments; the English liberation of Tunisia; traveling to Paris, France for medical school where he studied to become a lung specialist; becoming the “Chef du service” at the Hôpital Laennec, and then working at the Hôpital Antoine Baeckler in Clamart and the Hôpital Beaujon in Clichy, which was part of the French research institute INSERM; writing a book published by L’Harmattan in 2009, about the “dangers of utopian socialism;” and how religion is forbidden in his household.

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Dr. René Pariente
Peggy Frankston
interview:  2010 November 03
2 digital files : WAV.
Record last modified: 2020-03-26 09:23:29
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