Issue 136 of Genealo-J has just been published #germany

Georges Graner

/Genealo-J, /publication of the Jewish Genealogical Society of France,
Issue 136, Winter 2018 has just been published.

The present issue contains a eulogy of Daniel Leeson, recently
deceased. He was not only a musician and musicologist but also an active
genealogist who published for our Society two important databases. He
was the husband of Rosanne Leeson, the present co-moderator of the
French-Sig of Jewishgen.

This issue begins by the memoirs of Antoine MAY, a glove maker
(1810-1899). Born in Hamburg in 1810, Antoine made and sold gloves there
before going to Amsterdam, Cologne, Aachen, Luneville (Lorraine), Paris,
Grenoble, and New York. The author provides a living account of his
tribulations and encounters until 1840 even though he still lived some
sixty years afterwards (Introduction by Bernard Lyon-Caen, translation
from German by Françoise Lyon-Caen).
Complementing these memoirs, Pierre-Andre Meyer explains in a separate
paper who are all the people quoted therein and who are their ancestors.
For instance, he draws the complete family tree of the TREFOUSSE family
(Trefousse is an unusual variant of DREYFUS) >from 1670 to the present
time. The Trefousse glove factory was seized by the Vichy government in
1940, restituted to its owners in 1944 and eventually closed its doors
in 1973.

Michel Gaspard is very proud of his maternal grandfather Paul LEVY
(1887-1962), a famous linguist. Paul Levy is born in Seebach, in Alsace,
which was then a part of the German Empire. In 1910 he settled in Paris
and was a student of Durkheim, Levy-Bruhl, Bergson and especially of
Charles Andler, the founder of the academic studies of German languages.
Paul Levy undertook the first complete study of the languages and
dialects of Alsace and of Lorraine. In 1914, Paul and his cousin Leo
deserted >from the German army and fought in the French Army. The author
gives Paul Levy’s ancestry, poor peddlers, butchers and bakers all
living in northern Alsace and also the ancestry of his wife Elise Weil
(1893-1962). The synagogue of Wissembourg, frequented by Paul in his
childhood, was destroyed by the Nazis in 1941. A new one, built in 1950,
is now transformed into an archive building. The street along this
building has been named "Paul Levy street" in November 2018.

Marianne Wolff tell us about her great-grandparents. Charles Philippe
Cahen (1849-1920), Alsatian polytechnician and engineer, his wife Lucie
Cohen (1858-1920) and their offspring. Charles Cahen, an officer in the
regular army ten years older than Alfred Dreyfus, was stationed in
Besancon, Fort de France, Saigon, Arras ... until his transfer to
Montpellier - far >from the Eastern borders - at the time of the Dreyfus
Affair. Charles is of Alsatian descent, his parents emigrated to Elbeuf
(Normandy) in 1872. The Parisian Lucie Cohen has her origins in Lorraine
and Germany. Charles and Lucie's two sons, Emile and Marcel Eugene,
were engineers >from the Ecole Centrale. Among his many activities Marcel
Eugene founded the publication " La Architecture d’aujourdhui" but died a
few days before its first issue.

Jean-Richard BLOCH (1884-1947) and Max JACOB (1876-1944) are both well
known French characters. Bloch was an historian, writer and a prominent
communist journalist. After World War II, he even became senator. Jacob
was a famous surrealist poet and writer. He became a Roman catholic in
1915 but was nevertheless arrested by the Nazis in 1944 and died in the
camp of Drancy just before his transfer to Auschwitz. Bernard Lyon-Caen
was surprised to find that, in spite of their very different way of life
and interests, they frequently corresponded. They actually were remote
cousins. The author traces their common ancestry in Lorraine and
previously in Germany.

Georges Graner

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