Frederick Hajiza, Elizabeth Bourne, Children of the Republic and Shoh… – Rules of the Game

An 11-year-old orphan, student of the nation, scholarship holder, Elizabeth Bourne took refuge in science and mathematics after her father’s death. He finds in mathematics “something quite reassuring, quite logical.”

A way for her to rebuild herself, to build herself. Nine years of hard work, effort, sacrifice, determination followed. In 1981, at the age of 20, he was admitted to the Polytechnic and at the same time became a Major in Ecole Normal Superior. He chooses to integrate X. There is no doubt in the memory of his resilient father. That day, her mother welcomed her daughter’s success with tears in her eyes, saying her husband was “so proud.”

“When your life is hard, Elizabeth Bourne will explain to members of the association and the city’s youth council in Les Murox on May 19There is a reassuring aspect of science and logical things, which in my case, and you do not happen very pleasant events in your personal life. It attracted me. I got hung up and got admitted in a school. It was very useful for me because I was paid by this school, Polytechnic and it allows me to pay for my studies. ” At the center of this first journey as Prime Minister, the theme of equal opportunity chosen by Elizabeth Bourne is to give hope to young people and especially girls who do not dare to “go after the dream”. A move that sent him back somewhere in his fragmented youth.

In 1978, with a bachelor of science degree in his pocket, although adopted by Louis Le Grand’s Math Snake, high school for the elite, the royal road to entry into the great scientific school, the young Elizabeth Jenson de Silly chose. Without the unity among the first students in the jungle environment, he prefers the second to the more humane. Undoubtedly a choice because of the dual family tradition, paternity and motherhood. Both sides have always tried to “do something useful for others.” Elizabeth’s father, Joseph, joined the resistance at the age of 16. He then wrote to his father, Zelig, Elizabeth’s grandfather: “Father, if we do not do what we are told to do, who will?” “Resistance as a member of the Jewish War Organization or the Jewish Army (a resistance organization was formed in Toulouse in 1942 by Abraham Polonsky, which allowed hundreds of Jews to go to Spain, who provided false documents to others and who participated in the War of Independence),” he said. From April to December 20, 1943, he was responsible for transporting the youth from Grenoble to Maquis in Bikes.

In terms of motherhood, too, it is about doing something useful for others. His grandfather, Marcel Lessen, was the mayor and general councilor of the Livert (Calvados) commune. And it is at the heart of the Oz country, so centered on the family of his mother Marguerite, who Elizabeth Bourne decided to run for the legislature in June 2022.

Prime Minister Elizabeth Bourne.

After leaving the authentic product of Republican meritocracy, X, and the National School of Bridge and Rhodes, he devoted himself to the service of France, his France. A career as a senior civil servant in public companies, ministerial offices and prefectures. Until he became a minister and then a prime minister. The second woman in Matiganon 5MEdith Cresson after 30 years of the Republic.

But behind this child of the republic is also the child of the Holocaust. A past, roots, a family destiny about which he speaks very little but deeply in what he remembers. Agnes Bujin, the daughter of a Holocaust survivor like him, was told one day: “You know my name is Bornstein.” After returning from Auschwitz, his father chose Bourne’s name. Quite simply because like many exiles, he fears it will start again. It is a question of saving his family and a family that he wants to create. On this day in 2018, when Bourne debuted in Bujin, no one or anyone else will talk about Shoh. They now know that they have the same roots, the fate of the same family but, even among them, these two daughters of exiles feel a certain embarrassment at the revelation of a painful family past. “This is a community that belongs to me,” Elizabeth Bourne admitted on Radio J on June 23, 2021. A hint of Jewish origins from his father, Joseph Bornstein (born May 02, 1925 in Antwerp, Belgium) was exiled with his father Zelig (born in Luko) (Poland) and by his two brothers Isaac and Albert 66 Conway who died on January 20, 1944, He was arrested on December 25, 1943 after being convicted. They will become friends with Auschwitz with Alfred Nakach, “Auschwitz swimmer”. Leon, the third brother, was deported a few months ago by 51 convoys to Sobibor where he would be hanged.

Isaac Bourne, the uncle of the new Prime Minister, told the story of him and his family in a lengthy interview conducted on June 6, 2006 by Katherine Bernstein for the Foundation for Showing and Inner Memory.

He talks about his parents ’journey from Poland, which will take them to Antwerp where his father became a diamond trader (more precisely a diamond cleaver). Bernsteins speak Yiddish, French, Flemish, and Hebrew. We are in the early 1920s. The prime minister’s grandfather, Zelig Bourne, then plans to travel to Israel to pay his respects. The key to a professional project: the installation of a diamond factory in Netanya. A project that will never end. In 1940, the Bornsteins left Belgium for France, from where they were deported. Only Joseph and Isaac will return from exile. Arriving at Gare d’Ors in late April 1945, two brothers, Joseph and Isaac, were greeted by two young women involved in the reception of the exiles. Marguerite Lessen One of the two young women will be the wife of Joseph Bourne in 1958.

As the years go by, Elizabeth Bourne’s father is overwhelmed by the trauma of Auschwitz’s ghost, her father Zelig, her brother Albert and Leon’s extermination by the Nazis, “From the Death March.” Night and fog “(German” Nacht und Nebel “).

Jelig Bornstein, born in Luko, Poland, poses with her three sons: Joseph, Isaac and Leon.  Joseph (first pictured left) is the father of Elizabeth Bourne.
This picture is from 1939. Jelig Bornstein, born in Luko, Poland, poses with her three sons: Joseph, Isaac and Leon. Joseph (first pictured left) is the father of Elizabeth Bourne.

Joseph goes to bed early in the morning and lives a strange life. He is haunted by the Holocaust. He tries to solve his problem through psychoanalysis. In 1969, psychoanalysts let him go to meet one of his colleagues. Three years later, Joseph Bourne committed suicide. A destiny à la Primo Levi. As the author of “If a Man”, he tried to reconnect with life after returning from exile. But in vain. A journey, a destiny, a memory that Elizabeth puts inside her and probably serves as her guide. Nearby Release, Prefect, when he first gave a citizen a decree of his normalization when he did not explain that he felt a certain emotion. “I, the daughter of this stateless refugee, who was only French in 1950, did this gesture, which said something about integration.”


Frederick Hajiza, head of Radio J’s political department, hosts “Forum Radio J” and “Children of the Republic”

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