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French History


FRANCE FOREVER SERIES: Exploring Jewish Paris, Illustrated Lecture by Gary Kraut

Thursday 20th February 2020 — 7:00pm to 9:00pm

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Gary Lee Kraut, a historian traveler, is back with 25 sights that tell the history of Jewish Paris since the Middle Ages, a little-known thread that will give you many more ideas to explore the French capital on your next trip.

Gary Kraut will present 25 sights, individuals and neighborhoods that reveal various aspects of the history of France and its relation with Jews. The lecture covers medieval Jewry, medieval expulsions, the liberating laws of the French Revolution, major synagogues, the appeal of France to European Jews throughout the 19th and into the 20th centuries, the Dreyfus Affair, Jewish artists of the 1920s, anti-Semitism, the Holocaust, Sephardic immigration of the 1950s and 60s, major French Jewish figures over the past 200 years, and contemporary Jewish life as the traveler may encounter it.

About Gary Kraut:

Gary Kraut has been inspiring and informing travelers to France for three decades. Originally from the Trenton area, he is an award-winning Paris-based travel writer, the editor of the web magazine France Revisited,, and a lecturer on both sides of the Atlantic. His unparalleled experience and knowledge as a France travel and tour specialist have also made him the go-to guy for individuals and travel professionals seeking highly personalized tours, advice and tailor-made events in Paris and throughout France.

This event will be in English. Light refreshments after the Q&A session.

AFDC Member / Culture Pass: $10 + Processing Fees  - General Admission: $10 + Processing Fees.

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  • Guests must pay the non-member price.
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2 hours street parking from 7:00am to 8:30pm.

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