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Oral history interview with Jasmine Laskar

Oral History | Accession Number: 2014.7.1 | RG Number: RG-50.030.0728

Madame Jasmine Laskar (née Teboul), born on February 28, 1929 in Bou Saâda, Algeria, describes being the ninth child of 11 children born to Albert Teboul and Nejama Nedjaoui; growing up speaking the local Arab dialect and French; her family’s status as French citizens; her father, who fought in WWI and was injured in the Battle of the Dardanelles Straits; her father’s wholesale business in Bou Saâda; living in a large home next to and above the family’s warehouse and offices; the Jewish community of Bou Saâda; attending the public schools, run by French civil servants; how she was about to pass her “certificate d’études” at the age of 13 in 1942 when she and other Jews were expelled from the school; never returning to school; her family’s practice of a very liberal form of reform Judaism; attending a synagogue on the rue de Rouville; the arrival of Jewish families expelled by the Italians from Libya; the American troops who were stationed in Bou Saâda; how her father’s business suffered; meeting her future husband, who was Algerian and a POW in Germany for four years; moving to Paris, France after their marriage in 1952; the violence against Jews in Bou Saâda, including the murder of her brother; helping most of her family immigrate to France and returning only once to Algeria to repatriate her brother’s coffin to the mainland; her husband’s business in the garment district of Paris; living in the Parisian suburb on Antony; and her entrepreneurial enterprises.

Some video files begin with 10-60 seconds of color bars.
Jasmine Laskar
Peggy Frankston
interview:  2014 January 05
creation: Paris (France)
1 digital file : WAV.
Record last modified: 2020-03-26 09:44:26
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