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 Emanuel Memoun Gian

Emanuel Memoun Gian

Alexandria, Al Iskandariyah, Egypt
Death 30 Sep 1981 (aged 69)
Dallas, Dallas County, Texas, USA
Burial Dallas, Dallas County, Texas, USA
Memorial ID 102292292 · View Source
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Dallas Morning News (Dallas, TX) Page: 82
Friday, October 2, 1981

Emanuel. Survived by wife, Renee Gian (now deceased); four sons (Elie now deceased); brothers, Simon Gian and Marc Gian; and a grandson.

Graveside services, Friday, 1:30 p.m., Shearith Israel Cemetery, 4634 Dolphin Rd., Rabbi Edward M. Friedman, officiating.

Family requests memorials be made to Congregation Shearith Israel.

Northwest Highway
7405 W. Northwest Hwy

By Mary Brinkerhoff

Published in Dallas Morning News (Dallas, TX), Wednesday, February 11, 1959; Section: 3, Pages: 1,4

Now and then, a reporter finds, tomorrow's news is a follow-up for a story written ages back--with a lead he can't improve on: "And it came to pass...that all the hosts of the Lord went out from the land of Egypt...this is that night of the Lord to be observed of all the children of Israel in their generations."

So the generations of the Gian family doubtless will remember their exodus from Egypt. Whether they reached the promised land will be for Dallas to determine.

Meanwhile, through the efforts of the Jewish Family Service, a department of the Jewish Welfare Federation, Emmanuel and Renee Gian and their four sons have been settled at 4732 Worth. Volunteers and professional case workers labor to root them in this unfamiliar ground.

Other functions of the Jewish Family Service are financed by the Community Chest, but money to help such refugee families comes from the Jewish Welfare Federation. The annual JWF campaign is currently in progress.

Beyond the local level, these campaigns help support services like United HIAS, an international agency which brought the Gians here from their first stop, France.

Their exodus ended at Dallas last December; it started in Alexandria in 1956. Emmanuel GIan, called Zayan by the Egyptians, was manager and salesman for a firm making light machinery. He, his wife and all four sons were born in Egypt but held French citizenship through Emmanuel's grandfather, born in French Algeria.

Strife over the Suez Canal led to expulsion of British, French and Jewish people. The Gians, being both Jewish and French, found thenselves in double jeopardy. They were thrown out after a brief nightmare in which they sold their household goods "for pennies" and suffered virtual confinement at home, along with anti-Semitic abuse.

The French Government helped them to Marseilles and there supplied $12 daily for support. They moved on to Paris, where Emmanuel worked as a technical translator.

High rent, the ending of government aid and the threat of war service for the two older boys in their great-grandfather's country, Algeria, drove the family here.

Emmanuel has a job with a die-casting firm but would like something more of a challenge to his industrial experience, and knowledge of accounting and five languages. Renee, in poor health, speaks no English yet; she spends many lonely hours at home. An excellent international cook, she shops unaided at a nearby supermarket.

Nathan, 20, nicknamed Tony, and Elliot, 18, are charming young men, both ambitious to study engineering at SMU. Their stay in Paris left them versed in rock and roll as well as the GI brand of English.

Says Elliot, "I would like some day to be a Federation member, I feel I have to bring another family over."

Isaac, 10 1/2, and Jacques, 6 1/2, complete the roster. They are rapidly picking up English and friends at David Crockett School, where Isaac has even acquired a girl.

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