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A Semite: A Memoir of Algeria

Denis Guenoun

Abstract

In this memoir, the author excavates his family's past and fills out a portrait of an imposing, enigmatic father. René Guénoun was a teacher, pioneer, and supporter of Algerian independence. To be Algerian, pro-independence, a French citizen, a Jew, and a Communist were not, to René's mind, dissonant allegiances. He called himself a Semite, a word that he felt united Jewish and Arab worlds and best reflected a shared origin. He also believed that Algerians had the same political rights as Frenchmen. Although his Jewish family was rooted in Algeria, he inherited French citizenship. He taught sc ... More

Keywords: Algerian independence, Semite, Algeria, Oran, French Communist Party, prison, exile, World War Two, Free French Army

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780231164023
Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015 DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231164023.001.0001

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Denis Guenoun, author

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I December 1, 1940

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II June 22, 1961

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III November 6, 1989

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