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Epernay, France

EPERNAY, town in the Marne department, northern France, approximately 19 mi. (about 30 km.) E. of Châlons-sur-Marne. During the Middle Ages, the Jewish community there was sufficiently large to occupy three streets, the Rue Juiverie, Rue Haute, and Basse Juiverie. On the eve of World War II, a small community, which was to be cruelly tried during the persecutions, existed in Epernay. In 1969, the community numbered fewer than 200.

Sources:Gross, Gal Jud, 66; H.H.B. Poterlet, Notice historique … d'Epernay (1837), 33–34; Z. Szajkowski, Analytical Franco-Jewish Gazetteer (1966), 224.

[Bernhard Blumenkranz]

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