Esther Benbassa born Istanbul, Turkey March 27, 1950. French-Jewish historian and politician. Awarded Seligman Human Rights Prize for work against racism, 2006; elected French senator, 2011.
“[T]he real question of the discrimination the immigrants face in French society. . . doesn't allow for social and economic mobility—except in the rare instance.” (NY Sun, Jun. 7, 2006; photo Fayard authors)