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The stained glass of the burial vault



The pretty stained glass found on the GenAmi homepage comes from the burial vault of the BLOCH family related to the great tragedienne actress Rachel FELIX, who we spoke of in GenAmi 39 (see page 7).In 1868 Rachel’s brother, Raphaël FELIX, married Henriette BLOCH in London. Henriette was a stage actress, born in 1846 in Soultz (Haut-Rhin), the daughter of Gabriel and Marguerite BLUM.

One of their three children was the pretty actress Gabrielle Rachel. Gabrielle married her uncle Isidore BLOCH (1848 Soultz-1919 Paris), the burial vault is in Isidore’s name.



Caveau BLOCH au Père Lachaise

   The burial vault BLOCH at the Pere Lachaise cemetery

Vitrail du caveau BLOCH au Père Lachaise

   Stained glass in the burial vault BLOCH

Those buried in the vault, as shown on plaques are:

  • Raphael Félix, 9/8/1826 + 9/7/1872
  • Marguerite Blum, widow Bloch, 14/12/1819 +28/11/1911 in Dieppe
  • Isidore Bloch , 18/6/1848 + 30/3/1919 in Paris
  • Gustave Bloch , 10/3/1855 + 25/4/1909
  • Benoit Bloch , 3/9/1842 in Soultz + 17/10/1911 in Paris
  • Emma Walz , 1852 + 1935 (his wife)
  • However, we know that Henriette Bloch and her children were also buried there..

    Plaque Marguerite BLOCH

       Plaque Marguerite BLOCH

    Plaque Isidore BLOCH

       Plaque Isidore BLOCH

    Plaque Benoit BLOCH

       Plaque Benoit BLOCH

    Isidore BLOCH was the director of Dieppe Casino. An avenue and a street bear his name. After his death in 1919, his brother Alexandre (born in 1858), took over the running of the Casino. In 1925, he accepted, rather imprudently, the modernization work imposed by the municipality. A serious error, the required work was far too expensive for a casino that was in significant competition with those of Trouville, Deauville and others that had been in existence since 1886. During 1926, he invested 4,000,000F without even seeing an end to all the work. Alexandre Bloch, who was by now, elderly and in great financial difficulty was unable to keep to his agreement with the municipality and was forced to yield his shares to the director of Le Touquet.



    Information and photographs from Patrick Blond