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Oral history interview with Ariel Carciente

Oral History | Digitized | Accession Number: 2014.54.26 | RG Number: RG-50.647.0026

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    Oral history interview with Ariel Carciente


    Interview Summary
    Ariel Carciente, born in 1951 in Casablanca, Morocco, discusses his family background; his interest in music, particularly music from Andalusia; his mother, who was born in Switzerland in 1911 and worked as a social worker; his father, who was born in Casablanca in 1904; his grandfather who was from the Tetuan region of Morocco; the use of a chorus and organ in the Casablanca synagogue, as well as marriage traditions and how the service was sung; studying in Morocco and having a Jewish and French education; passing his baccalaureate exam in Morocco; travelling between Algeria and France; completing his military service in France; leaving Morocco in 1978 and going to Israel; originally studying for the rabbinate but not completing the studies; learning tunes at various synagogues, especially those used by Jews from Algeria; performing prayers from the Algerian tradition on the radio in Jerusalem; the distinctions between Arab Muslim music from Spain and the musical traditions of Algerian Jews; the variation of melodies and texts in different regions; music and singing being alternately banned or permitted in Arab countries; his work with the Minister of Education in Israel to bring Andalusian music to schools; the Maghreb Orchestra which plays only Algerian music; and books on Jewish and Arabic musical traditions (many of which he shows during the interview).
    Ariel Carciente
    interview:  2007 August 13
    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
    Carciente, Ariel.

    Administrative Notes

    Nicole Cohen-Addad donated a copy of the oral history interview with Ariel Carciente 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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