The Abbé Grégoire’s Program for the Jews: Social Reform and Spiritual Project

  • Rita Hermon-Belot
Part of the Archives Internationales D’Histoire des Idées / International Archives of the History of Ideas book series (ARCH, volume 169)


The Abbé Grégoire’s attitude toward the Jews constitutes one of his most important claims to fame. For a long time, during a period when he was too revolutionary to be hailed by conservatives and too much a priest to interest the French left, the memory of his stand on this issue was almost the only thing that kept his reputation alive. For over a century, Gregoire was disdained and forgotten by all except a handful of inhabitants of the French West Indies, by the Jews, and by the Freemasons. It was members of these groups who were behind the erection of the first statue to him in Lunéville in 1885, and who, worried by the rise of fascism, sought to make his name a rallying point by creating the Society of the Friends of the Abbé Grégoire (Société des Amis de l’Abbé Grégoire) in 1931, the hundredth anniversary of Grégoire’s death.


Jewish Community Catholic Priest Pastoral Letter French Republic Catholic Religion 
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