Sunday, November 16, 2014
The murder of Raymond Leyris, reconstructed
Enrico Macias is one of the most popular singers in France. Born in Constantine, Algeria, he was forced to leave, along with the country's 130,000 Jews, when Algeria became independent from France.
His song of exile 'par excellence' is 'Adieu mon pays.' The story of Macias's father-in-law, the musician and composer Raymond Leyris, is less well-known.
This clip by Diarna is a dramatisation of Leyris' tragic murder in 1961. The murder triggered panic amongst the Jews, and was a major factor in their exodus.
In 2012, Leyris's son-in-law Enrico Macias was banned from touring Algeria, and has been unable to visit Leyris's grave, atop a Constantine hillside.
The life and sudden death of Cheikh Raymond
Raymond Leyris et les juifs de Constantine (French)