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Oral history interview with Mebourah Zerbib

Oral History | Accession Number: 2011.234 | RG Number: RG-50.030.0638

Mebourah (Prosper) Zerbib, born January 23, 1922, describes his childhood in Constantine, Algeria; his parents Eliahu and Messouka; his father’s occupation as a jewelry repairman; his family’s strict religious observance of traditional Judaism; his family’s first apartment with Christian, Jewish, and Muslim residents; his family’s forced relocation to a more Jewish oriented apartment due to the landlord’s antisemitic views; his education in a public, secular school; his religious education in an establishment run by the Alliance Israelite Universelle; his bar mitzvah; his apprenticeship with a furniture upholsterer; the 1934 pogrom in Constantine; his move to Oran for work; his return to Constantine in 1939; his service in the French Army; his time in a forced labor camp, which he identifies as Gambetta; discrimination towards Jews that were recruited into the French Army; his participation in the liberation of Provence and occupation of Germany; the lack of work available to him and his brother in the post-war period; his immigration to mainland France; his arranged marriage in 1954; his parents and brothers’ immigration to Israel; and his second marriage to his current wife.

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Mebourah P. Zerbib
Peggy Frankston
interview:  2011 September 08
1 digital file : WAV.
Record last modified: 2020-03-26 09:24:13
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