Jules Gordon

1908 1944
(Russie) 1908 /   (Autriche) 1944



Jules Gordon grew up in a practicing Jewish family. His father, Shimon Gordon, was from Vilnius and worked at a bank in Saint Petersburg, before he was transferred to Irkutsk in Siberia. Following the October Revolution in 1917, the whole family immigrated to Paris. Jules studied at a French school and went on to study painting at André Lhote’s academy in 26 rue du Départ in Montparnasse.

He was mobilized to fight in World War II and was awarded the Croix de Guerre (Cross of War) for his courage during the German breakthrough in West Sedan on 13 May 1940. He was captured by the Nazis and imprisoned for several months. He managed to escape, crossed the Moselle department, and got to the zone libre (free zone). He joined the Resistance near Grenoble as well as the OSE organization (Oeuvre de Secours aux Enfants). His role was to travel all over the French provinces, gather children, and help them to cross France and get to Switzerland.


On 25 January 1944, the German army surrounded the maquis, which surrendered after four hours of fighting. Jules Gordon was taken to the Gestapo in Grenoble. He was deported and murdered by the Nazis in Melk on 5 April 1944.