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Post-Holocaust France and the Jews, 1945-1955$
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Seán Hand and Steven T. Katz

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781479835041

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479835041.001.0001

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Centralizing the Political Jewish Voice in Post-Holocaust France

Centralizing the Political Jewish Voice in Post-Holocaust France

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(p.58) 3 Centralizing the Political Jewish Voice in Post-Holocaust France
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Post-Holocaust France and the Jews, 1945-1955
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Samuel Ghiles-Meilhac

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NYU Press
DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479835041.003.0003

This chapter details the creation of the Conseil représentatif des israélites de France (Representative Council of French Israelites, CRIF) in 1934–44, which resulted as a response to anti-Semitic persecutions targeting French and foreign Jews in France from 1940 to 1944. This organization symbolized unification of the different cultural and political Jewish groups that were active illegally under German occupation. From the moment of its wartime inception, which itself was already contextualized by the history of interwar competition for Jewish political affiliation, the CRIF’s mission of speaking for all French Jewry instituted a fundamental change in the historical nature of French Jewish identification, in terms of both organization and political univocity.

Keywords:   CRIF, anti-Semitic persecutions, political Jewish groups, French Jewry, French Jewish identification

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