Paris Attacks: The End of 300 Years of Lebrecht Family Life in France

Norman Lebrecht, a well known critic of music and cultural affairs tells how long before the latest in an increasing number of anti-Semitic attacks fear among French Jews prompted his proudly French family to emigrate to Israel.

Yoav Hattab and Yohan Cohen victims of the kosher hostage taker in the Paris killings (Credit Twitter)

Yoav Hattab and Yohan Cohen victims of the kosher hostage taker in the Paris killings (Credit Twitter)

France? For Jews, ‘C’est terminé’

In January 1992, I took my Uncle René to the Bastille. It was our last opportunity to go to the opera. René was about to join his daughter in Israel, ending three centuries of our family’s existence as French Jews – Jews who were as proud of their republican heritage as they were meticulous in their…



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