I have started to work as a full Professor at Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique (INRS) since 1984 and the department where I am associated is called Institut Armand-Frappier. There are 150 professors at INRS whereas 31 professors at the department:Institut Armand-Frappier. When I first joined the Institut Armand-Frappier (25 years ago) we were two jews but the second one moved to McGill University 20 years ago. I am therefore the only jew remaining at INRS-Institut Armand-Frappier
In 2002-2003 I received a prix d’excellence of $5 000. I was very pleased, thanked my chairman profusely (I think I also sent him flowers!). The same year I found out that three other professors in my department received “Prix de performance” of the order of $ 15 000 and $ 20 000!
Obviously I was jealous so I went to my chairman and told him that I was very happy to be excellent, however I am aspiring to be performant since obviously $ 15 000 and $ 20 000 is certainly more than $ 5 000.
My chairman answer was very hurtful: “Lolita, I knew that Jews like MONEY but I did not know YOU are like that!!!”
Unfortunately, I was the only one hearing this certainly ANTISEMITIC phrase!!
Obviously I was and still am very hurt about it! but I must admit it is the first time in 25 years that I heard it!
I hope it will never happen again!
Thank you for hearing me.