Vidal and His Family: From Salonica to Paris : the Story of a Sephardic Family in the Twentieth Century

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Sussex Academic Press, 2009 - History - 330 pages
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Edgar Morin, one of France's greatest living intellectuals, tells the story of his father, Vidal Nahoum, but also the story of Sephardic Jews, and of Europe. In this "holographic history," Vidal's story, and that of his family, carries within it the flowering, decline, and death of Jewish culture in Spain; the passage from Empires to Nation States; the complex relations between Jews and Gentiles, between East and West; and, ultimately, the history of the 20th century itself. Morin's work ranges from the great sweep of global historical events to the everyday details of individual lives, letters, feelings, reflections, and experiences. Vidal was born in 1894 in the Ottoman Empire's great Macedonian port. His great-grandfather came from Tuscany and spoke Italian. His mother tongue was 15th-century Spanish. He learned French and German as a child. When he was an adolescent, he dreamed of living in France. He was deported there as a prisoner, and then liberated by the French Prime Minister
 

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Contents

The Golden Age
6
In the Turks country
20
Adolescence
36
Be Quiet Marseilles
64
Birth
84
The Rue Mayran
97
Holidays
103
Diaspora Again
116
The Survivors and the Dead
191
The Other Half
204
Family
218
Taking Action
232
The NineteenSeventies
241
Dream
257
SuperPapou
270
Epilogue
285

Father and Son
129
The Family
143
Vidal the Soldier
158
to Septemiiek 1943
171
The Death of a Culture
298
Diary of a Life
322
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Edgar Morin is a French philosopher and sociologist, and emeritus director at the French National Center of Scientific Research (CNRS). Deborah Cowell is also the translator of Morin’s California Journal. Alfonso Montuori is a professor at the California Institute of Integral Studies, formerly a distinguished professor in the School of Fine Arts at Miami University of Ohio, and a coauthor of Evolutionary Competence; From Power to Partnership.

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