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Oral history interview with Aldo Naouri

Oral History | Accession Number: 2012.144.1 | RG Number: RG-50.030.0665

Dr. Aldo Nauori, born December 22, 1937, describes his early life in Benghazi, Libya; his parents’ lives before he was born; his father’s early death; his family’s extreme poverty; his family’s piety; his family’s French citizenship dating back to the early 19th century; the Arabic dialect of Judeo-Libyan his mother spoke; daily life in Libya; the ancient history of Jews in Libya; how the Italians expelled all French citizens to Algeria in 1942 during the occupation; his memories of the trip, including smuggling; his family’s arrival in Orleansville (now Chleff), Algeria; how Algerian Jews were stripped of their citizenship, but the Libyan Jewish refugees were not; contending with antisemitism and hostile treatment from the Arab community, French colonialists, and indigenous Jews in Algeria; his schooling in Algeria; studying medicine in Paris, France; his family’s repatriation to France after Algeria gained its independence; his postwar life as a well-known pediatrician; and his thoughts on his family’s love.

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Naouri, Aldo
Frankston, Peggy
interview:  2012 May 02
2 digital files : WAV.
Record last modified: 2022-07-28 19:52:34
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