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Oral history interview with Claude Mamane

Oral History | Accession Number: 2011.238 | RG Number: RG-50.030.0642

Rabbi Claude Mamane, born July 16, 1941 in Fez, Morocco, discusses his family; his father’s business which was pillaged by the Vichy regime; his father’s lawsuit against the government for damages, and success in winning his case; rules regulating where Jews could live; attending the Alliance Israélite Universelle schools in Fez; demonstrations in 1956 and the deposing of the Sultan; moving to France in 1957 to continue his general and rabbinical education; studying to become a rabbi at a yeshiva in Aix-les-Bains; problems at the school due to the fact that Ashkenazi rites were imposed upon all the students, which were different than Sephardic rites; the arrival of many Algerian Jews in France in 1962; the creation of a small Jewish community; various places he was assigned to as rabbi; marrying in 1966; having three children; living in Nantes from 1971 to 1975; holding the position as Grand Rabbi of Bordeaux from 1976 to 2006; the particularity of the Bordeaux rites and music; retiring, but remaining advisor to the Grand Rabbi of France for the Chevrah Kadisha.

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Claude Mamane
Peggy Frankston
interview:  2011 September 12
Oral histories.
1 digital file : WAV.
Record last modified: 2020-03-26 09:24:14
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