Laurette Cohen (front row, far right) poses with her students at an Alliance Israelite School in Morocco. 1935.
Laurette was born in Oran, Algeria, 1911. In 1932, she married Prosper Cohen (born in Meknes in 1909). They were both teachers for the Alliance Israelite Universelle Schools in Morocco. Their daughter, Mathilde, was born in Tangiers on August 31, 1933. Before 1939, the family lived in Meknes and Fez. Later, Laurette and Prosper were sent to teach in other different locations where they were most needed. In 1938, Prosper, began to study law. Mathilde attended a French government school. Though new racial laws led to the expulsion of most Jewish children, she was allowed to continue due to the fact that her parents were teachers.