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Oral history interview with Simone Jourjon

Oral History | Accession Number: 2011.235 | RG Number: RG-50.030.0639

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Simone Jourjon (born Benhamou), born on December 9, 1930, describes her childhood in Tlemcen, Algeria; her parents Etienne and Renee; her mother’s desire for her and her siblings to be well educated; her restriction from attending public school because she was Jewish; her attendance at a Jewish-only school; her father’s service in the French Army; Algeria’s liberation by American forces; her work for an architect, insurance company, and secretary; passing her civil service exam for the Department of Public Treasury in 1949; her arranged marriage to Monsieur Soussin in 1953; her move to Angouleme, on the French mainland; the declaration of Algerian independence on July 5, 1962; her mother’s death on the day of Algerian independence; the general resentment towards French Algerians in France; and her career with various professional organizations.

Interviewee
Simone Jourjon
Interviewer
Peggy Frankston
Date
2011 September 09  (interview)
Language
French
Extent
2 digital files : WAV.
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