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Poitiers Synagogue
Old address: 1 rue Georges Guynemer, 86000 Poitiers.
new address:
30, boulevard Jeanne d'Arc, 86000 Poitiers. Date of declaration : January 31, 2005.
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Jacques Mergui
Last updated on: November 7, 2010
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Interview in French with Jacques Mergui, President of the Jewish Cultural and Religious Association of Poitiers, France

Google translation from French to English of part of the Interview:

Jacques Mergui, president of the Cultural and Religious Association Israelite. (October 23, 2009).

There is a small Jewish community in Poitiers, divided between Vienna and Deux-Sevres. It includes a hundred people so it's a very small percentage of the total population. In this population, some practice and some less. The rites are performed mostly during festivals or occasions such as funerals, circumcisions, etc..

The community began to settle in Poitiers in the XIIth century, then it disappeared because it was driven under Philip Augustus and returned to the Revolution. There was, throughout this period, the ups and downs in the number of people. There were problems of course in 1940. The Jews were caught and confined in the camp of Limoges and then brought to Drancy and then Auschwitz. That was what Hitler wanted. He wanted more Jews.

Some Jews had left Poitiers and returned in strength because they had ties before the war, family or business. There were a few non-Jews organized around seven or eight families. The community has grown with the return of the Blackfoot. In 1962, there was a new influx of Jews. They acted together in others. The association was organized in October 1976 and the synagogue was opened in 1977.

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