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France - The Louis Kahn-Eyran Picard Lodge in Marseilles Print E-mail

This Lodge was established in 1967 and was named Louis Kahn-Eyran Picard in September 2003.

Louis Kahn was born in Versailles in 1895, and graduated from the École Polytechnique in 1914.

As a Maritime Engineer, he headed up the Mechanical Engineering and Electricity Workshops in Brest, before leading the Air Ministry Technical Cabinet in 1928, as an Aeronautic Specialist. He later went on to lead the Navy Fleet in Saigon

Just before the War Louis Kahn became Cabinet Director for the Ministry of Public Work. After joining General de Gaulle's Free French Forces, he was appointed Director of Construction and Naval Armament.

In 1950, he was appointed Secretary General of the Armed Forces and in 1951 became NATO Chairman for Production. On top of this outstanding career as a statesman, he also worked for the Jewish Community, as a member of the Central Committee and the Deputy President of the Alliance Israélite Universelle, and Vice-President and member of the World Committee of ORT.
In 1963, he was elected President of the Central Consistory of France.

He was also decorated with the following honours: Grand Officier de la Légion d’Honneur, Croix de Guerre 14/18, Médaille de la Résistance, Commandeur du Mérite Maritime, Commander of the British Empire, Président de l'Académie de Marine.

The name of Eyran Picard, a victim of Palestinian terrorism, has also been added.

In May 2002, Rosy Lévy, member of the Executive Committee of B’nai B’rith Europe, took part in a Solidarity Mission to Israel organised by B’nai B’rith Europe, where she met Doctor Elie Picard at Sharei Tzedek Hospital in Jerusalem.
2 months earlier, his 19-year old son Eyran had been murdered in Atsmona.

Rosy Lévy was so inspired by Eyran's father's courage in such tragic circumstances, she decided to honour the memory of Eyran, by adding his name to that of Louis Kahn, in memory, not just of this young man, but of all victims of terrorism.

Eyran was born in Paris on 15th February 1983, and moved to Israel when he was 3, with his two-year old brother and his parents, young doctors Elie and Rachel. They settled in Beer Sheva, capital of the Negev region.

In 1989, when Eyran was 6, his parents moved to Jerusalem with their work. He attended the well-known Horev School and, later Himmelfarb High School. He was also an enthusiastic member of the Bné Akiva youth movement. Along with friends, he organised holiday camps for Ethiopian children. He enjoyed sport, and played for his school's football team. He was bright and well-read, with a keen interest in history. His irresistible sense of humour, skills as an impressionist, and most of all his kind-heartedness meant he was a well-liked student.

At 18, like all young Israeli men, he was called up for military service, to serve in an elite counter-espionage unit. He deferred for few months to study in the prestigious Atsmona military training school, to consolidate his Jewish knowledge and learning.

On 7th March 2002, (24 Adar 5762), a Palestinian terrorist from Gaza walked into the school and murdered Eyran and 4 classmates during a session on Pesach Haggadah.

This is the poignant story of Eyran.

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