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    Leon Geismar

    Jew Score:
    8

    I3

    O2

    K3
    July 15, 1895 – May 11, 1944

    As some of our readers know, we've been trying to profile a Jew from every country in the world. This creates a problem in a lot of regions, especially Africa. That being said, we've gotten quite good at Jew-finding, as evidenced by the map below:

    As you can see, a large portion of the continent is covered, including such Jews as boxer Victor Perez (Tunisia), prime minister Leon Kengo (DR Congo), and anti-apartheid activist Ruth First (South Africa and Mozambique). And now we can fill even more gaps with just one profile. Witness!

    For that, we need to go back to the well of colonial administrators. Leon Geismar, a French Jew (he supposedly converted to Catholicism after marriage, but what can you do), was the Governor-General of French West Africa: modern day Benin, Burkina Faso, Guinea, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Senegal, and Togo!

    Now, he was only in charge for four months in 1938, and was later kicked out by the Vichy government because of his Jewish origins (that Catholic story didn't play), but we'll have to count it. (Not like we'll have much luck finding another Jew in Burkina Faso...)

    A few gaps still left... we'll keep looking!

    Verdict: Barely a Jew.

    November 4, 2019

    See Also

    Ruth First

    Leon Kengo

    Matthew Nathan

    Victor Perez

    Abraham Schrameck
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