The Holocaust and Sephardic Jews of the Balkans and North Africa JGSCV April 1 Program #sephardic

Jan Meisels Allen

The Jewish Genealogical Society of the Conejo Valley and Ventura County
(JGSCV) will be meeting on Sunday, April 1, 2012 1:30-3:30 pm at Temple
Adat Elohim, 2420 E Hillcrest Drive in Thousand Oaks, CA.

This program commemorates Yom Hashoah (Holocaust Memorial) Day even though
the actual date is April 19. This is a new program created at the request

The Topic: The Holocaust and Sephardic Jews of the Balkans and North Africa

Much has been written and many documentaries and dramas have been made
concerning the Holocaust. Overwhelmingly, these deal with the horrors
experienced by the Jews of Eastern Europe. Less well known is the plight of
the Sephardic Jews of the Balkans and North Africa. Benveniste's talk will
focus on the story of the Jews of Greece, Yugoslavia, Bulgaria, and North
Africa. He will include the personal stories of people he has known >from
Salonika, Athens, Rhodes and Morocco. The Anti-Semitic policies of Nazi
Germany are well known, Benveniste's talk will cover the policies of
Fascist Italy, Franco Spain, Vichy France and the kings of Bulgaria and

Speaker: Arthur Benveniste. His parents were >from the Island of Rhodes where
his ancestors lived for four hundred years. He grew up in a community of
Ladino speaking Jews >from Rhodes. For many years, he has been interested in
tracing the roots of Sephardic culture. Arthur has been active in the
Society for Crypto Judaic Studies since 1993, where he was president of the
society >from 2001 to 2003. He served as the co-editor of Halapid, the
newsletter of the society. Mr. Benveniste has visited Brazil, Spain,
Portugal, Peru, Italy, Morocco, Turkey and Greece. In 1992, he was invited
by King Juan Carlos to return to Spain to commemorate the quincentennial of
the expulsion of Jews.

Our Schmoozing corner, which starts 15 minutes before the meeting begins
will be facilitated by Werner Frank, JGSCV founding member and former board
member . This permits attendees to ask questions on brick walls and get
directions on how to do their research.

The 5-minute genealogical technique will be presented by JSGCV president,
Jan Meisels Allen on what information you can find in a marriage record.

Our traveling library will have categories A and C books and the holocaust
collection of category D. The books are available starting 30 minutes
before the program to shortly after the program. To see which books are
coming to the meeting, please see our website under traveling

The Jewish Genealogical Society of the Conejo Valley and Ventura County is
dedicated to sharing genealogical information, techniques and research tools
with anyone interested in Jewish genealogy and family history.

There is no charge to attend the meeting and all are welcome to attend.
Annual dues are $25 for an individual and $30 for a family. Dues paid good
through December 2012.

For more information including directions to the meeting, see our website

Jan Meisels Allen
President, JGSCV

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