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Romain GARY

French Romain GARY

born Romain KACEW

French diplomat, novelist, film director and World War II aviator of Litvak origin

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Born: on May 08, 1914 in Vilnius, Lituanie
Died: on September 02, 1980 in Paris, France


Gary was born in Vilna, Russian Empire (now Vilnius, Lithuania) under the name Roman Kacew (Yiddish: ???, Russian: ????´? ??´???). In his books and interviews, he presented many different versions of his parents' origins, ancestry, occupation and his own childhood. His mother, Mina Owczynska (1879—?), was a Litvak actress from Švencionys and his father was a businessman Arieh-Leib Kacew (1883—1942) from Trakai, also a Lithuanian Jew.

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