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Narcisse Leven (1833-1915) was a lawyer and a founder of the Alliance israélite universelle. He served as secretary between 1863 and 1883, vice president 1883-1898, and then president. Leven was also president of the Jewish Colonization Association.

Emmanuel Hannaux was a French sculptor, born in Metz in 1885. He studied in Strasbourg until the Franco-Prussian War in 1870, and then continued in Nancy. He attended the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris beginning in 1876, studying under Auguste Dumont, Jean-Marie Bonnassieux, and Gabriel Thomas. He married Matilda Aron in 1889 and had a son, painter Paul Hannaux. Hannaux died in Paris in 1934.

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Hannaux, Emmanuel: Alliance israélite universelle 50th anniversary medal, Leo Baeck Institute, 2011.026.