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His parents had three boys: their eldest son, George, died when he was two. Paul was born one year after his passing, and then came Henri, three years younger. The family’s economic situation was reasonable: Monsieur Jacques and Madame Helene, both offspring of textile merchants, opened a tailoring and dressmaking shop, where Jacques spent most of his time practicing haute couture, leaning over his sewing machine, while Helene helped him as necessary, sewing pajamas, shirts and socks. The children were always dressed in custom-made outfits, like rich children. Jacques, an opera lover, was a friendly, diligent man. Helene was energetic and devoted herself to her children. Each summer, during the months of July and August, she would rent a country house not far from Paris, where she spent memorable vacations with the children. Paul remembered them mainly by their colors: yellow fields, blue skies, tanned skin, and lots of space and tranquility.

Their life style was strictly secular, with no trace of the religious lives of their families from Poland. Except for eating matzo (unleavened bread) served at the table alongside bread in the spring, Paul was not familiar with any Jewish customs and holidays. The only time he visited a synagogue in his childhood was during the aforementioned visit to Poland, of which he remembered an elderly man dressed in strange clothes – probably his orthodox grandfather – who took him to a place where people swayed and whispered. The new immigrants succeeded in instilling an absolute French identity in their two young sons.

 

 
 
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