Issue 123 of Genealo-J has just been published #france

Georges Graner <georges.graner@...>

Genealo-J, publication of the Jewish Genealogical Society of France,
Issue 123, Fall 2015 has just been published

In a paper on Jacob Lasry born in Rabat (Morocco) in 1795 and deceased
in Oran (Algeria) in 1869, Pascal Faustini explains the migration of his
family >from Spain, Morocco (Tetuan and Rabat) to Gilbraltar and Oran. He
was able to built the family trees of the Lasry, Bergel, Cabessa and
Pacificio families.

Elissa Rhais is the pseudonym of Rosine Baumendil, born on December 18th
1876 in Blida (Algeria) where she died on August 24, 1940. Joseph
Boumendil describes her life. Her destiny was exceptional for a woman
who came >from a very modest family. She became famous for her books
which she published in France but she fell into oblivion. Her works were
quite noteworthy yet she suffered intrigues during her life and even 40
years after her death. The author deals with her forebears and the
somewhat complex links between her real life and the characters of her
thirteen novels which can cast some light upon obscure aspects of her
biography. Our research enables us for the first time better to know
some of her relations.

Roland Smolar knew nothing whatever about his paternal grandparents
Meyer and Rachel. When his father Robert died the papers he kept taught
him that Meyer and Rachel were born in Sakiai and Wladislawow in
Lithuania respectively. A postcard dating >from 1945 (with its
translation) indicated that a part of Rachel's family remained in
Lithuania and was exterminated during the "Holocaust by bullets". The
author and Bernard Tsirkmann, a great-nephew of Rachel, decided to go in
search of the places where their grandparents had lived their childhood.
They relate here the journey done in July 2014. Bernard drove them >from
Vilnius, where they met the curators of the archives, to Wladislawow
(now called Kudirkos-Naumiestis), to Sakiai and Kaunas which was the
capital city of Lithuania during the first period of independence
between the two World Wars. Through a research in Wladislawow they found
the place where Rachel spent her childhood and met Isaac Glikas, the
only Jewish survivor. Other meetings at Kudirkos-Naumiestis and Kaunas
are described here. In Sakiai however where the Jews were a majority
before the war they found almost no trace of any Jewish life.

The last paper of this issue deals with Tunisian Jews. It is well known
that for many centuries two distinct Jewish communities coexisted in the
city of Tunis : the Twansa, who were genuine Tunisians and the Grana,
who were Italians, >from Portuguese and Spanish origin. After the
publication of three matrimonial registries of the Grana community in
Tunis by Robert Attal and Joseph Avivi, Gille Boulu and Alain Nedjar
make us known the discovery of two additional registers containing
marriage contracts of this community. Added to the previous records
these volumes number 3 (1812-1844) and 6 (1872-1881) including
respectively 429 and 234 different ketuboth now allow access to an
exceptional corpus of files going continuously >from 1788 to 1881. Boulu
and Nedjar present the contents of the two registers, collect statistics
on this community and give some examples of genealogy now made possible
in combination with other sources. A book sold on a subscription basis
is being published by the same authors and our Genealogical Society in
October 2015.

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