Sephardic SIG #Sephardim Re: Why was French used by Turkish Jews? #sephardic

Philip & Laurence Abensur <laurphil@...>

Turkish Jews used to read and write in French because they attended the
Alliance Israelite Universelle's schools. They also used Judeo-Spanish in
the same time.
As you probably know, AIU has been founded in Paris in 1860 and the shools
have been opened in the 1870's in Turkey, as in Izmir for instance.

Best regards,
Laurence Abensur-Hazan (Mrs)

From: Sandy Canetti <sandy.canetti@...>
Date: Mon, 25 Apr 2016 17:39:20 -0400

My mother passed away recently and in going through things in my
parent's house, I came across my paternal grandparents' wedding
invitation. It was written in French, not Ladino as I would expect. My
grandmother spoke five languages, but the books she read were in
French. I vaguely remember being told French was the language of
choice in the school she went to, which makes me wonder. In Turkey,
why French? Where would Turkish Jews typically go to school?

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