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Oral history testimony of Alain Geismar

Oral History | Accession Number: 2015.476.4 | RG Number: RG-50.904.0004

Alain Geismar, born in 1939 in Alsace, France, describes growing up in a secular Jewish family in Paris; studying engineering; joining the Unified Socialist Party; becoming a university professor; joining the National Union of Higher Education; the war in Algeria, which sharpened his political consciousness; joining the student protests in 1968; his meeting with Pierre Mendès France; his relations with the communists; the creation of the Gauche Prolétarienne; writing Vers la Guerre Civile with Serge July and Erlyn Morane; his relationships with Benny Levy and Sartre; his imprisonment in 1970; his views of Palestine; the massacre in Munich, Germany during the Olympics in 1972; the murder of Pierre Overney; and the dissolution of the Gauche Prolétarienne.

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Alternate Title
"May 68"
Alain Geismar
Isabelle Pleskoff
interview:  2014 March 26
1 digital file : MPEG-4.
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of the Musée d'art et d'histoire du judaïsme
Record last modified: 2020-03-26 09:37:55
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