Issue 122 of Genealo-J is published #sephardic

Georges Graner

Genealo-J, publication of the Jewish Genealogical Society of France,
Issue 122, Summer 2015 has just been published.

Based on family stories related to his great-grandfather Sigismund
Ettinghausen (1838-1918), a gem dealer in Paris, Pierre-Andre Meyer
reconstructs his lineage. Among his offspring he finds personalities as
different as Walter Eytan, a former Israeli ambassador in France, or the
sulfurous writer Maurice Sachs both "born" Ettinghausen. Three Jewish
householders in Frankfurt neighboring town of Hoechst initially adopted
the surname "Ettinghausen" in 1822. These protected Jews (Schutzjuden)
of the Dukes of Nassau before Hoechst was united to Prussia in 1866
fostered three family branches which gradually separated; one chose to
emigrate to Paris where it became part of the Jewish secularized
bourgeoisie, the other two remaining in Germany in a then more open society.
The advent of Nazism led to the extermination of the German
Ettinghausens though some of them managed to emigrate to the United
States. There are no longer any Ettinghausens in Hoechst today but an
Ettinghausen-Platz inaugurated in 2008 recalls the family.

Yolla Polity deals with the Jews of Sidon (Saida) through the Jewish
Community council records (1919-1975) which were kept by her father.
The recently classified and digitized Youssef Melhem Politi collection
of the Jewish council archives of Sidon, Lebanon, provides extensive
information about the history and the internal organization of this
poorly documented and now vanished community. The records are available
for consultation at the Library of the Alliance Israelite Universelle
(AIU) in Paris - supplementing the Alliance own archives relating to
their school in Sidon. They are also available at the Bar Ilan
University in Tel Aviv and in the Judaica Division of Harvard
University. In addition to the council meetings rolls, correspondence
and ownership titles, the Youssef Melhem Politi collection includes
many lists of voters, stamps and signatures. These may provide
descendants of Sidon Jews with important genealogical data about their

Albert Camus was awarded the 1957 Nobel Prize for Literature. Francoise
Darmon discovered that Camus' wife Francine Faure had a Jewish
grandmother named Clara Touboul. In 1887 at Oran Clara married Charles
Alfred Albert, a young civil servant born mainland France near Nantes.
Researching the writer's wife's Jewish ancestry led us among the great
Jewish families of Oran and Algiers and their matrimonial relations with
non-Jewish families and with Jewish people who came >from Lorraine at the
beginning of the French conquest of Algeria.

Pamela Weisberger is the active manager of Gesher Galicia, a non-profit
group helping those who look for their Jewish roots in Galicia, a former
province of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. She presents all the
information available and especially the new website

A seal showing a wolf surrounded with the Hebrew name Benjamin son of
Abraham was recently found near Uzes in the South of France. Eliane Roos
Schuhl analyzes this seal which was probably made in the 13th or 14th

Georges Graner (Paris-France)

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