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Teboul, Victor

Author: Aimée Israel-Pelletier; Brill
Edition/Format: Encyclopedia article Encyclopedia article : English
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Victor Teboul was born in Alexandria on May 9, 1945. When he was eleven, his family was expelled from Egypt on the grounds that they had a French passport and given seven days to leave the country. They arrived in France on December 25, 1956 and from January 1957 to May 1957 lived, under the auspices of the French government, at the convent of Notre-Dame-de-l’Osier in the Isère with a hundred other expelled  Read more...
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All Authors / Contributors: Aimée Israel-Pelletier; Brill
ISSN:1878-9781
Publication:Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World; Leiden, Koninklijke Brill NV, 20101001
Language Note: English
Unique Identifier: 5862827882
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Victor Teboul was born in Alexandria on May 9, 1945. When he was eleven, his family was expelled from Egypt on the grounds that they had a French passport and given seven days to leave the country. They arrived in France on December 25, 1956 and from January 1957 to May 1957 lived, under the auspices of the French government, at the convent of Notre-Dame-de-l’Osier in the Isère with a hundred other expelled Egyptian Jewish families.  In July 1963, the Tebouls emigrated to Canada, where in due co...

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