David Feuerwerker

06/22/2012

 
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_Name: David Feuerwerker
Date of Birth: 2 October 1912
Place of Birth: Geneva, Switzerland

David Feuerwerker was a French rabbi and historian. He lived from 2 October 1912 to 20 June 1980.

David was born on 2 October 1912 in Geneva, Switzerland. His parents were Jacob Feuerwerker and Regina Neufeld. He attended high school at the Rue Vauquelin Talmud Torah. He later went to the France Rabbinical Seminary. He graduated as Rabbi on 1 October 1937. He then became Diplomé de Langues Sémitiques anciennes and an expert on Semitic languages.

He fought for the French Army from 15 October 1937 to 1 September 1939. He remained until 25 July 1940. He worked with the 12th Régiment d'Artillerie Divisionnaire. He received Croix de guerre with a bronze star.

He helped several Jewish refugees escape from the Nazis. With the aid of the HIAS, a US agency for refugees, David was able to find a country where the Jews can escape to. On the other hand, David did not think of leaving and instead helped in the liberation of internees in transit camps.

He joined ‘Combat’, a French resistance movement against the Nazis. He worked with Edmond Michelet, and was known Jacques Portal. He later earned the Croix du combattant volontaire 1939-1945. He received the Medaille Commémorative de la Guerre 1939-1945.

Antoinette Feuerwerker, his wife, finished law school before the war. She helped him in the underground movement. She was later given the French Liberation Medal.