As an avid traveler, one of my favorite destinations is the French capital, Paris. Obviously Paris has countless attractions, especially for those with an interest in history. A new exhibit at the Jewish History and Art Museum, however, promises something new even for seasoned visitors.
The exhibit, entitled “Jews from Algeria,” examines the oft-forgotten history of the Jewish people who lived in Algeria for thousands of years. Colonized by France in the nineteenth century, Algeria was home to thousands of Jewish French citizens until the Vichy regime during World War II, which stripped Algerian Jews of their citizenship. During the Algerian War, many were forced to flee, especially after the Evian Accords were signed in 1962, granting Algerian independence.
The museum’s exhibit features family histories, cultural artifacts, photos, and film. Some of the objects date as far back as the late eighteenth century. It should prove to be a wonderful tribute to an important but neglected story in Jewish history.