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Oral history interview with Marcelle Ohayon

Oral History | Accession Number: 2011.236 | RG Number: RG-50.030.0640

Marcelle Ohayon (born Elmosino), born March 9, 1932, describes her childhood in the Moroccan town of Safi; her father and his occupation as a grain merchant and her mother Esther; her father’s position as the head of the local Chevrah Kadisha, or “Burial Society;” her education at the Alliance of Israelite Universelle school beginning in 1939; her further education at les cours complementaires; her membership in the Eclaireurs Israelites where she met her future husband; repressive measures against Jews in Safi; the arrival of American forces in November 1942; antisemitism she experienced at les cours complementaires; the period of time when the town was divided in regard to how the Jews should be treated during the war; her sister’s occupation at the Jewish Agency working for the Israeli Foreign Ministry department; her and her family’s immigration to Bordeaux; her husband’s work helping people immigrate to Israel; her parents’ move to Israel; her regret that she and her immediate family never immigrated to Israel; and her heavy involvement in the Jewish community of Bordeaux.

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Marcelle Ohayon
Peggy Frankston
interview:  2011 September 10
1 digital file : WAV.
Record last modified: 2020-03-26 09:41:15
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