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Oral history interview with Elie Lucien Uzan

Oral History | Accession Number: 2012.147.1 | RG Number: RG-50.030.0667

Elie Lucien Uzan, born on November 15, 1924, describes his childhood in Tunis, Tunisia; how his father was granted French citizenship for volunteering for the French army in WWI; his father’s career as a French civil servant working in prisons; his father’s atheism; his experiences with antisemitism from the Muslim community in smaller towns; his strict upbringing; how his father was called up to serve in WWII; his conscription into forced labor during the German occupation; his desertion from a work brigade; remaining in hiding until Tunisia was liberated; his experience fighting for the Free French; antisemitism he experienced when trying to join de Gaulle’s army; a soldier’s daily life; his experiences during the invasion of Italy; his postwar career working in the tobacco industry; his involvement in the Tunisian Communist Party; Tunisian independence in 1956; his family’s immigration to France; how he did not observe Jewish religious practices; and his thoughts about antisemitism.

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Elie Lucien Uzan
Peggy Frankston
interview:  2012 July 08
2 digital files : WAV.
Record last modified: 2023-11-16 08:04:11
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