Issue #110 of GenealoJ, French Journal of Jewish Genealogu #general

Georges Graner <georges.graner@...>

GenealoJ (formerly Revue du Cercle de Genealogie Juive), publication of
the Jewish Genealogical Society of France, Issue 110, Summer 2012

Note the change of title of our journal.

This issue opens with an obituary of Rosine Alexandre, founder of our
Society, and its first General Secretary who passed away on May 15, aged 93.

The following paper by Pierre-Andre Meyer deals with Salomon Halphen
(1773-1840) a Paris jeweller and his « dynasty ». He occupied a leading
position in the Parisian jewelry trade. He came >from a well known family
from Metz (Lorraine), was already quite rich in 1811 but in 1828 he
possessed the fourth Jewish fortune in France. He was renowned as a
generous philanthropist. At his death, he left 6,500,000 francs. The
author has followed his 8 sons and his only daughter, his 22
grandchildren and their numerous offsprings up to the present day.

Bernard Lyon-Caen was puzzled by the existence of two mansions called «
Hotel Dreyfus » in Paris. Who were their two distinct owners who seem to
have no family links although both were Alsatian ? One is Auguste
Dreyfus (1827-1897), the « King of guano » who made a fortune in Peru.
The other one is Daniel Dreyfus (1884 – deceased before 1951), a banker,
who had his mansion built by the famous architect Mallet-Stevens, with
whom he also had family links.

On April 10, 2012 we learned the death of Raymond Aubrac, a great French
« resistant ». His role in the underground fight against the Germans,
which he shared with his wife Lucy Aubrac, was very important. His real
name was Raymond Samuel and Guy Worms traces his ancestry covering eight
generations. His ancestors came >from Lorraine on the father’s side and
from Alsace on the mother’s side.
Max Polonovski investigates two cases of sexual offences in the Metz
Jewish community in the 18th century. The first one deals with two Jews
who were blackmailed by a pregnant woman. The other one gives a
testimony of a young woman who was raped by a talmudic student.

Thierry Samama has an ancestor, Elie Bessis, born in Malta in 1864
whereas his parents were Tunisians and lived most of their lives in
Sousse. The family legend was that they were escaping an epidemic of
plague. The author contradicts this legend and convincingly suggests
that riots and antisemitic episodes in many Tunisian cities were the
real reasons of this temporary exile.

Georges GRANER (Paris-France)

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