Encounter with Michelle Kahn
about her book Le rabbin de Salonique (The Rabbi of Salonica)
organized by Aki Estamos, the Association of Friends of the Sephardic Literature, in association with the Paris Yiddish Centre - Medem Library
At the beginning of the twentieth century Salonica was a Jewish city that was called "The Jerusalem of the Balkans". On Shabbat, everything used to come to a halt. In 1941 Salonica was invaded by German tanks. In the spring of 1943, 45 000 people, out of a Jewish population of 50 000, were sent to the death camps. The Chief Rabbi of Salonica is suspected of having handed over his community to the Germans.
Michèle Kahn was born in Nice, spent her youth in Strasburg and now lives in Paris. After having written over a hundred books for young audiences, she writes now for adults. Her historical novels take often their inspiration in the past of the Jewish people and take the reader for a trip around the world. She is a graduate of the l’École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, decorated several times and a leading member of prestigious French literary societies and a member of literary juries. In 1997 a Michèle Kahn library for young audiences was created by the Alliance Israélite Universelle in Paris. Her recently published books: Le Roman de Séville (Alberto Benveniste 2006 prize) and last May, Le petit roman du Mariage, published by the éditions du Rocher.
Thursday February 3, at 3:00pm
at the Paris Yiddish Centre - Medem Library
Reservations: +33(0)1 47 00 14 00
Contribution: 6€ including drinks.