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Oral history interview with Arlette Taïb

Oral History | Accession Number: 2011.228 | RG Number: RG-50.030.0632

Arlette Taïb, born April 10, 1930 in Sétif, Algeria, discusses her family; her parents’ background; her father’s work as a manager for a wealthy Jew, traveling six days a week, only returning home for Shabbat dinner; her memory of arriving at school for the start of sixth grade and being told that Jewish students could not return to school because of the Vichy regime’s anti-Jewish laws; attending makeshift classes run at her local synagogue; her family faring rather well despite rationing because they had farm goods to barter for necessities; how American soldiers who attended services at the synagogue were invited to eat with families in Sétif once Algeria was liberated by the Allies; living with her family in a building owned by a Muslim; how a French Alsatian family that lived on her same floor belonged to the ultra-right wing organization, Croix de feu; wanting to pursue her studies after her baccalaureate, but being unable to do so because of lack of means; becoming a teacher in a French school; her husband’s job as a tax inspector; living with him on the outskirts of Sétif; leaving Algeria permanently in 1961 after an incident; requesting, along with her husband, to be transferred to municipal jobs in France; being placed in the town of Barbezieux; and retiring and moving to Bordeaux.

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Arlette Taïb
Peggy Frankston
interview:  2011 September 06
1 digital file : WAV.
Record last modified: 2020-03-26 09:41:14
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