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Oral history interview with Nine Moati Caries

Oral History | Accession Number: 2018.549.1 | RG Number: RG-50.030.1003

Nine Cariès (née Moati), born on July 27, 1937 in Paris, France, discusses her father Serge Moati, who was born 1903 and was a well-known journalist and Socialist Party activist; her mother Odette Scemama, who was born in 1905; her older brother Yves, who was born in Tunis, Tunisia in 1933; her father’s work for the newspaper “Tunis socialiste”; the arrest and expulsion of her father from Tunisia in 1935; the family’s move to Paris, where Serge made a living as a journalist; being named after her paternal grandmother Tsia Eugenia (shortened to Nine); her father being called up to fight the “drôle de guerre” and sent to Bizerte, Tunisia, to join his brigade; her family’s journey to join Serge in Tunisia sometime in 1940; living in a town called La Goulette outside of Tunis; remembering when her father was arrested and taken away circa 1942-1943; the deportation of her father to camp Sachsenhausen; her father’s escape from Sachsenhausen; the liberation of Tunisia by Allied troops; going for a ride around the city with an American soldier; her father’s return to Tunisia; the birth of her brother Henry in 1946 (he goes by Serge Moati now); attending public school for girls in her neighborhood, where most of the students were Jewish; her mother’s death from cancer and her father’s death from a heart attack in 1957; earning her baccalaureate; moving to France; finding a job preparing the morning news for the official French radio station, the ORTF; meeting Hélène Lazareff, one of the founders of the weekly women’s magazine “Elle”; getting married to François Cariès; having two daughters; and the numerous books she has written.

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Nine Moati Caries
Peggy Frankston
interview:  2018 September 30
creation: Paris (France)
1 digital file : WAV.
Record last modified: 2021-02-16 15:51:55
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