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Oral history interview with Julien Zenouda

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

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    Oral history interview with Julien Zenouda


    Interview Summary
    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.
    Julien Zenouda
    interview:  2007 September 08
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Nicole Cohen-Addad

    Physical Details

    1 DVD : MPEG-2.

    Rights & Restrictions

    Conditions on Access
    There are no known restrictions on access to this material.
    Conditions on Use
    Restrictions on use. The collection donor Nicole Cohen-Addad retains copyright and distribution rights. The use of this interview in video/film form, whether in a documentary or romanced form, requires written permission from Dr. Cohen-Addad. Contact information can be found at

    Keywords & Subjects

    Personal Name
    Zenouda, Julien, 1925-

    Administrative Notes

    Nicole Cohen-Addad donated a copy of the oral history interview with Julien Zenouda to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in January 2011. The recording is part of a series of interviews produced by Dr. Cohen-Addad beginning in 2002 with Algerian Jews and with participants in resistance against the French Vichy regime in order to help the Allies land in Algiers during the November, 8, 1942 Operation Torch.
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