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Extraits de la Tefila (abbreviated siddur for students), published in Vichy (France) during the Shoah (approx. 1940), complete copy, extremely rare!

Booklet of prayers published by the Chief Rabbinate of France during the Shoah for students, when the Rabbinate moved its offices to Vichy from Paris a short time after Vichy was declared the capital of the French State, but it was exiled soon afterward. A rare siddur, unique, in complete condition. 64 pages. 20.5cm. Blue paper cover, with stamps of Rabbi Shmuel Rana Koppel and more. Light stains, generally very good condition. Rabbi Shmuel Rana Koppel (!907-1994) was born in France. In 1939, he was appointed Rabbi of Milouz and then of Orleans. At the outbreak of World War II, he was appointed to the 5th Army of the French Army. In August 1940 he became aware of the arrest of thousands of Jews in the quarantine camps in southwestern France and began vigorous activities to assist them as much as possible and bring them to liberation. At the same time, he tried in various ways to prevent the arrest of other Jews and to warn them ahead of time. This activity continued until he was arrested, in 1942. Rabbi Koppel survived the war after many hardships and died in Jerusalem in 1994. See more about him in his book "A Jewish Struggle in Occupied France, 1940-1944", Yad Vashem Press, Jerusalem, 2004.
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