Owner of famous Paris Jewish restaurant dies

Even before the Second World War the restaurant was a well-known establishment that served Ashkenazi food.

May 12, 2014 00:35
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Jo Goldenberg

Jo Goldenberg's restaurant in Paris, site of a 1982 terrorist attack.. (photo credit: Wikimedia Commons)


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PARIS – Jo Goldenberg, the owner of a Jewish restaurant in Paris that was the site of a terrorist attack 32 years ago, died last week at the age of 91.

On August 9, 1982, terrorists threw a grenade into the Chez Jo Goldenberg restaurant and fired machine guns, killing six people and wounding 22.

The attackers have since not been found, but the local Jewish community holds Palestinian terrorists responsible for the killings.

Even before the Second World War the restaurant was a well-known establishment that served Ashkenazi food and was located in Rue des Rosiers at the heart of the old Jewish Quarter in Le Marais.

Le Marais is one of the oldest areas in Paris, and prior to World War II was home to many Parisian Jews, most of whom were deported to death camps during the Holocaust. In recent years the area has become a trendy hub of fashion stores, felafel stands and bars.

The attack on the restaurant sent deep shock waves across French society, and then-president Francois Mitterrand attended a ceremony for the victims.

The restaurant closed in 2006 and was replaced by a clothing store which still bears the name Jo Goldenberg. A sign commemorating the attack can be seen at the entrance to the location today.

Goldenberg’s assistant, Franck Tapiero, told the media that Goldenberg died on Thursday after a long illness.

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