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Unauthorized Salvadoran citizenship certificate issued to Gaston Kahn (b. May 15, 1889 in Wingersheim [Bas-Rhin]), his wife Jeanne (Widrich) Kahn (b. January 12, 1901 in Paris), and their children Danny-Claude (b. October 25, 1925 in Paris) and Marcel Francis (b. February 1, 1929 in Paris), by George Mandel-Mantello, First Secretary of the Salvadoran Consulate in Switzerland and sent to their residence in Gap.

Photograph | Photograph Number: 86097

Unauthorized Salvadoran citizenship certificate issued to Gaston Kahn (b. May 15, 1889 in Wingersheim [Bas-Rhin]), his wife Jeanne (Widrich) Kahn (b. January 12, 1901 in Paris), and their children Danny-Claude (b. October 25, 1925 in Paris) and Marcel Francis (b. February 1, 1929 in Paris), by George Mandel-Mantello, First Secretary of the Salvadoran Consulate in Switzerland and sent to their residence in Gap.

Gaston Kahn served as the director of the CAR ("comité d'assistance aux réfugiés) and aid organization affiliated with the Joint Distribution Committee that provided aid to Jewish refugees in the prewar period. Among those he assisted were former passengers of the St. Louis who disembarked in France after the return to Europe. During the War he tried to keep the assistance activity while trying to cooperating with the resistance movements. At the end of 1943, in Marseille, the local chief of Gestapo, SS Bauer learned of his clandestine activities and sought his arrest. By chance my father was forewarned and the family escaped to the village of Chauffayer en Champsaur whose residents belonged to the resistance. After the war, Gaston Kahn received the Medal of Resistance and the Legion d'Honneur. He worked with the AJDC for several years until his retirement. His son Marcel served as a scout to the resistance during battle in August 1944 on the Napoleon Road in the Alps. Gaston Kahn died in 1979.

Date
1943 October 12
Photo Credit
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of Enrico Mandel-Mantello
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