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Oral history interview with Julien Zenouda

Oral History | Accession Number: 2014.54.24 | RG Number: RG-50.647.0024

Julien “Jacky” Zenouda, born October 14, 1925 in Algiers, Algeria, discusses his father (born in 1899) and his mother (born in 1906); his parents’ divorce when he was five years old; his father’s subsequent move to France; his mother remarrying and having a daughter; living predominantly with his maternal grandparents; the presence of antisemitism; celebrating major Jewish holidays; attending school; participating in boxing matches; the beginning of the war; not being allowed to attend school; the change in attitude among his non-Jewish friends during the Vichy government; hearing about the Allied landing in Algiers on November 8, 1942 from friends; being mobilized in 1944; contracting an infection that required surgery and a hospital stay while he was in Rabat, Morocco; being discharged and receiving a military pension; continuing his studies in pharmacy; going to France in 1949 upon completing his studies; the talk of an independent Algeria; identifying as both French and Jewish; his grandmother joining him in France in 1962; his numerous Catholic friends; his desire for peace between Arabs and Jews; his first wife who was Catholic; his son; getting divorced; meeting his second wife in Paris; his involvement in volunteer work since his retirement; and advocating for the rights of handicapped people.


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Interviewee
Julien Zenouda
Date
interview:  2007 September 08
Language
French
Extent
1 DVD : MPEG-2.
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Nicole Cohen-Addad
 
Record last modified: 2020-05-06 12:41:57
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