French SIG #France Issue 133 of Genealo-J has just been published #france

Georges Graner

Genealo-J, publication of the Jewish Genealogical Society of France, Issue 133,
Spring 2018, has just been published.

Known for the personalities who illustrated it in the 19th century, the See
family is less so for the previous century. This gap was addressed by studying
the two lineages >from Salomon See, who lived in Wattwiller and Huningue
(Alsace) in the late 17th and early 18th centuries. One is that of Abraham See,
an important lender, who was the victim of a resounding lawsuit for usury in
1744 and whose son, Solomon, was murdered two years later; the other is that
of Hirtzel See, more modest but less fertile in tragic destinies. >from sources
often unpublished, the article by Pierre-Andre Meyer traces the gradual
installation of this family in Bergheim (County of Ribeaupierre) >from the
beginning of the 18th century to the Revolution.

Imling is a small town located in the region of Sarrebourg (department of
Moselle) which had an important jewish population in the 19th century. In
1845, the community rised to 120 persons in a total population of 300. Like
many other communities in the Lorraine area, it vanished during the following
century. The old synagogue is the only remnant of that past. Some celebrities
belong to the descendance of those families who lived in Imling. Laurent Moyse
has already found 1,700 descendents of Yehiel Levy, among which the aircraft
industrialist Marcel Dassault and his son Serge.

Norbert Bel Ange was eager to find the origin of his strange name, which
literally taken means beautiful angel. Digging in the files of the former
French Algeria, he found that, in his own family, this name can also be
written El Hensche, El Hansche, Ben Lanche, Bel Lanche, Belannech, Bel Anech,
Belanech, Belange or Bellange. He might be related to the famous Rabbi Ben
Alhanch Chelomo (murdered in 1782), whose tumb near Marakkech (Morocco) is
still a place of pilgrimage.

Eve Line Blum's father was deported in the convoy 73 which left Drancy on May
15, 1944 not towards Auschwitz but towards Lithuania and Estonia. She has
spent many years studying the life and fate of the 878 men of this convoy
and published 7 volumes on the subject. Recently, she was puzzled by the name
of Celestin Bellezza for whom she had no details. She found quickly that
Celestin Bellezza, born in 1908, died in 1978. Did he survived deportation?
Nobody mentioned this fact. It was later found that his identity has been
borrowed by a man called Albert Pinhas, also born in 1908. But Albert Pinhas
has not been deported! He was interned by the Germans and freed later. The
mystery was solved by Eve Line when she discovered another Albert Pinhas, born
in 1907, who according to official files, had left Drancy for Auschwitz on May
15, 1944. This was a mistake. He actually left Drancy for an unknown
destination. This second Albert Pinhas is the Clestin Bellezza of convoy 73.

It is well known that Amsterdam was a central point for the Jews who left
Spain and Portugal in the 15th and 16th centuries. Ton Tielen, who is
archivist in Amsterdam, presents the very rich resources of the City archives
as regards the so called Portuguese population between the 16th and the 19th
centuries, including the registries of deliberations of the Jewish Council,
called the Escamot.

Georges Graner

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