Zadoc-Kahn, Geneviève (1914-2001)

By Laurent Herz

Geneviève Zadoc-Kahn was the grand daughter of the rabbi Zadoc Kahn and one of the great grand daughters of rabbi Salomon Ulmann. Her childhood wasn’t spared from difficult events : at 5 years old, she lost her father, and a loving brother in 1940, who was killed during war, and many members of her family and friends died in deportation. However, supported by a big and loving family, and by her own strenght of character, she left to all the people close to her the memory of a woman filled with humor, a positive, dynamic and generous woman.

Geneviève Zadoc-Kahn followed music courses at the Conservatoire de Paris, in particular with one of her cousins, the composer Maurice Franck (1897-1983). Settled in Boulogne-Billancourt in the 1950’s with her mother, deceased in 1973, she was for many years a music and piano teacher. In 1984, she taught again in schools of Boulogne Billancourt to help the pupils rehearse for the creation of a children’s opera La Sorcière du placard aux balais by Marcel Landowski.

She worked also for nealy 40 years at Musigrains, organizing educational concerts in the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées between 1949 and 1978. The Musigrains featured, among with many talented artists, tens of thousands of young music lovers. She worked there until it stopped in 1986.

Active socialist, a frequent assessor on election days, she was also involved in the Human Rights League of which she was president of the Boulogne area section at the end of her life.

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