This contemporary oral history, based on interviews conducted over an 18-year period, is the first of its land in English. The interviews, some repeated with the same subjects years later, demonstrate how the Jewish community of Dijon has evolved over time in response to challenges both internal and external.
The authors provide an introduction to the series of interviews as well as a detailed history of the community. A chronology, a map of Dijon, and photos of many interviewees are included. The book also provides an update on recent events in the community, a suggested reading list, and a bibliography.
|Publisher:||University of Toronto Press, Higher Education Division|
|Product dimensions:||6.25(w) x 9.35(h) x 1.00(d)|
About the Author
Robert I. Weiner is the Thomas Roy and Laura Forrest Jones Professor of History and Jewish Chaplain at Lafayette College. He has authored numerous articles on French, European, and Jewish history and is the author of The Long 19th Century: European History from 1789 to 1917 (2005).
Richard E. Sharpless is Professor Emeritus of History at Lafayette College. He is the author of books and numerous articles in American and Latin American history.
Table of Contents
Preface: Why Dijon? xi
Introduction: Meet Jewish Dijon xvii
Map of Central Dijon with Major Jewish Sites xxxix
Speaking About Jewish Life in Dijon: Interviews
The Synagogue Center
Rabbi Simon Sibony 3
Cathie Bussidan 23
Israel "Izy" Cemachovic 34
Albert Huberfeld 48
Francoise Tenenbaum 62
Survivors of the Holocaust
Bébé Edelman 84
Marcelle David 88
Nadia Kaluski 100
Deborah Bensoussan 112
Luna Cemachovic 120
Alain Danino 131
Isabelle Danino 137
Malou Dressier 146
Annie Edelman and Maurice "Gislain" Bensoussan 153
Alain Grynberg 176
Elie Sadigh 186
Jennifer Taieb 197
The Lubavitch Group
Haim Slonim and Hannah Slonim 224
David Laufer 230
Marcel and Leah Tobis 239
Jean-David and Arielle Attal 246
Alex Miles 256
Babette Miles 267
Writing About Jewish Life in Dijon: Mazal Tov
Mazal Tov Articles 279
Conclusion: An Uncertain Future 301
Glossary and Abbreviations 309
Suggested Reading 315
What People are Saying About This
A unique and original account of a typical French provincial Jewish community and its challenges from the postwar period to the present. Through the use of interviews and other direct sources from Dijon Jewry, the authors have managed to construct an invaluable portrait of a community facing local problems of a particular kind but also exemplifying virtually all the problems facing French Jewry today.
An unusual insider portrait of a Jewish community in continual transition. The interviews as well as articles taken from the local Jewish newspaper offer rich materials for understanding Jewish identity in contemporary France.
An Uncertain Future is a fascinating collection of testimonies from the Jews in Dijon about the joys and sorrows of their lives and those of their families in twentieth-century France. Readers will be engaged and moved by the autobiographical accounts of these decent people struggling with the Holocaust and its legacies and their continuing efforts to carve out lives in a France again witness to the specter of anti-Semitism.
In An Uncertain Future, Robert I. Weiner and Richard E. Sharpless have acrobatically balanced the sympathy of the caring friend and the detachment of the professional historian to create the best study of provincial Jewish life in contemporary France. The interviews show the devastating personal impact of international events and offer unparalleled insights into the complex relationship of Muslims and Jews. An Uncertain Future is essential reading for any course on contemporary Jewish history or contemporary France, and a welcome addition to all classes on today's Europe.