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Oral history interview with Odette Cohen-Solal

Oral History | Accession Number: 2012.348.1 | RG Number: RG-50.030.0682

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Odette Cohen-Solal discusses her family background in a predominately Jewish neighborhood in Tunis, Tunisia; an Arab uprising in 1936 during which her family had to seek refuge; her schooling at Alliance Israélite Universelle and transfer to Lycée Armand Fallières where she was prevented from completing her baccalaureate exam as a result of the French declaring war; an event where the Jewish community was taken hostage in a synagogue by German forces; how her brothers hid from the Germans; one brother who ended up in a concentration camp; the banning of Jews from school; the liberation of Tunisia; English and American troops in Tunis along with journalists from the United States; names of Jewish American troops that the Jewish community hosted on major holidays; using her Arabic skills with the Créditfrançais Algérie Tunisie and then the Banquefrançaise de Commerce extérieur, which helped people put together dossiers for requests for loans and aid; her trip to Germany in 1949 where she felt hostility because she spoke French with her friends; her marriage to her husband and France’s refusal of allowing him citizenship because of his health; leaving Tunisia for France with her two children; and becoming the Director of the Banquefrançaise de Commerce extérieur on the mainland until she retired.

Interviewee
Odette Cohen-Solal
Interviewer
Peggy Frankston
Date
2012 December 19  (interview)
Language
French
Extent
1 digital file : WAV.
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Record last modified: 2018-01-22 11:22:14
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