Jules Jezéquél

Pastor, Reformed Church of France; World Alliance and Church Peace Union (now Carnegie Council)


Jules Jezéquel (1870-1963) was a Protestant pastor in the Reformed Church of France. As a young man he became known as ""the red priest"" because of his concern for social justice and workers' rights.

For over two decades, he also worked on behalf of the World Alliance for International Friendship through the Churches (largely set up and run by the Church Peace Union) as one of its international secretaries and as secretary of the French Committee, and for a number of years he was the representative of the Church Peace Union (now Carnegie Council) in Paris.

During World War II, Jezéquel lived with his son and daughter-in-law near the city of Pau in southwest France. He hid and helped many German Jews and others fleeing the Nazis. With his son and daughter-in-law, Inès Leenhardt, he was nominated by Yad Vashem as one of the Righteous among Nations.

Featured Work

Memorial sign at the Gurs Internment Camp, Southwest France, listing the groups imprisoned there. CREDIT: <a href="https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Camp_de_Gurs_panneau_m%C3%A9moriel_1980.jpg"> Claude Truong-Ngoc</a> ,1980. (<a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/deed.en">CC</a>)

JAN 5, 1970 Article

A Pastor Under Nazi Rule

Jules Jezéquel was a Protestant pastor in the Reformed Church of France and represented the Church Peace Union and the World Alliance of Churches ...