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Cazès-Benathar, Hélène
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Hélène Cazès Benathar (1898–1979) was the first certified Jewish woman lawyer in Morocco. In 1940 she established the Comité d’Assistance aux Réfugies Étrangers in Casablanca to help Jewish war refugees arriving in Morocco from Nazi-dominated Europe. She cooperated with the Joint Distribution Committee (of which she became a representative), HIAS-HICEM, and the American Friends Service Committee.

Cazès-Benathar (Ben-Attar, Benattar, Benatar), Hélène

Rachel Hélène (Nelly) Cazès was born in Tangier on October 27, 1898, to Miriam Nahon and Amram Cazès, a businessma…

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Michal Ben Ya'akov, “Cazès-Benathar, Hélène”, in: Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World, Executive Editor Norman A. Stillman. Consulted online on 19 July 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1878-9781_ejiw_SIM_000660>
First published online: 2010

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