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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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René Cassin and the Alliance Israélite Universelle

René Cassin and the Alliance Israélite Universelle

A Republican in Post-Holocaust France

(p.203) 11 René Cassin and the Alliance Israélite Universelle
Post-Holocaust France and the Jews, 1945-1955

Jay Winter

NYU Press

This concluding chapter focuses on René Cassin’s work on behalf of the Alliance israélite universelle (AIU, or the Alliance), of which he was president from 1943 until his death thirty-three years later. It was through his wartime work with General Charles de Gaulle’s France libre that Cassin was asked to assume the presidency of the AIU, along with a series of governmental or international duties. As president, he attended to the great questions as well as to the small matters of everyday life. He wrote condolence notes to the widows of deceased colleagues; he wrote hundreds of letters soliciting funds for Alliance projects; he was a font of nominations for honors due, and frequently received by, his colleagues in the Alliance. Ultimately, Cassin worked not only to develop a postwar internationalist governance epitomized by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, but also to restore the integrity and confidence of republican assimilationist values.

Keywords:   René Cassin, AIU, Charles de Gaulle, France libre, Universal Declaration of Human Rights, republican assimilationist values

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