Halphen, Alice (1878-1963)

Biography written by Georges and Henriette Halphen, the children of Alice Halphen

Born in 1878, Alice Halphen, born Koenigswarter, died in 1963. Officer of the French Legion of Honour, she was member for many years of the Commitee of the Israelite Universal Alliance. Marked in her youth by the Dreyfus affair, she got interested all her life to the problems of Judaism and had a big influence in the Israelite Community of France.

Art lover, she had an impressive "eye". Donor at the museums of the Louvre, of Tel-Aviv and of Haiffa, she was in charge of the conservation of the beautiful synaagogues of the "Comtat Venaissin" : Carpentras and Cavaillon.
Writer, under the pen name Orion, sho wrote articles and books mainly on Jewish themes.
In a hotel of the Dumont d’Urville street, she held a very popular music salon, in which she often helped many musicians : Poulenc, Honegger, Darius Milhaud, Mihailovitz, Fauré, Gédalge, Enesco, Messiaen, Jolivet, Lesur… and the pianists Ania Dorfman and Monique Haas. She lent to several violinists, among which the young Isaac Stern, the famous Stradivarius owned by Fernand Halphen.

Alice Halphen was a heartful person, cultivated, and said sometimes stinging lines that stayed famous among the people who knew her.

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