Upcoming events

    • Thursday, May 28, 2015
    • 12:30 PM
    • 39 Morris Avenue, Bryn Mawr

    Reservations at $30 per member ($33 if you would  like a glass of wine), or $35 and $38 for non-members.

    Reserve by May 26th.

    • Friday, June 05, 2015
    • 6:00 PM
    • 1420 Walnut Street, suite 700, Philadelphia PA 19102

    Unfinished Business: Why the Legacy of the Holocaust in France is still important

    During the German occupation of France in World War II, almost 75000 Jews were deported from France to their deaths. There was significant collaboration by the French government and French companies in the looting of property from Jews. That looting was widespread and comprehensive, and included apartments, bank accounts, precious art and family heirlooms, businesses and even everyday items. Since 1945, although some steps toward restitution were made, progress has been difficult, has faced much resistance, and a great deal of Holocaust related property and information remains in the shadows. Given France's role in many areas of the world where genocide and mass atrocities are an immediate issue, the legacy of the Holocaust in France, and whether and how it continues to be remembered and confronted will have important implications for France and Europe.

    Owen Pell's areas of practice include complex commercial and securities cases, cases involving issues of public international law. Mr.Pell also has extensive experience representing financial institutions and companies in connection with government investigations and litigation that may arise from those investigations.

    Mr Pell has handled important cases in the area of corporate social responsibility, including with respect to cases relating to a bank's activities in South Africa during the former Apartheid regime, and another bank's alleged connections to African slavery in the United States. Mr Pell also represented Credit Commercial de France and the Chase Manhattan Bank in cases arising from the banks in France during WW II, and participated in the successful negotiations between the United States and France to resolve those cases.

    Mr Pell formulated a proposal for creating a title clearing and dispute resolution entity in Europe to address claims relating to works of art looted from individuals during the Holocaust. Hearings were held in the European Parliament, which in 2003 adopted a resolution supporting further study of that proposal by a vote of 487-10. Mr Pell continues to advise governments on Holocaust-looted art issues, and recently acted as counsel to the U.S. delegation at the June 2009 Prague conference on Holocaust Era Assets.

    Owen Pell is a lawyer at White & Case International Law Firm in New-York City. He has an extensive experience in cases involving issues of public international law. Mr Pell formulated a proposal for creating a title-clearing and dispute resolution entity in Europe to address claims relating to works of art looted from individuals during the Holocaust.

    A Champage reception will follow the lecture.

    • Saturday, June 27, 2015
    • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Alliance Française, 1420 Walnut Street, suite 700, Philadelphia

    10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (Lunch included). Immersion Courses represent six hours of intensive work with one subject area and are geared toward conversation with reviews of grammar, pronunciation and vocabulary.
    Four levels of classes are offered on the same day: beginner, basic, intermediate and advanced.
    If you have never had French before your level is beginner.
    If you are enrolled in a class at the Alliance Française, you can find your level easily:
    101 = beginner
    102-106 = basic
    201-206 = intermediate
    301+ = advanced
    If you have never taken an immersion or regular class with us, and you are not a beginner, you will need to take a placement test to find your level. The placement test can be taken online (you can find the link on the courses page of our website) or you can call our office (215-735-5283) or stop by our office in person and take the placement test that way.

    The cost is $150. Call now to reserve a space at 215 735-5283.

    These classes are very popular. Register early!

Alliance Française de Philadelphie
1420 Walnut Street, Suite 700
Philadelphia, PA 19102

(215) 735-5283

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