Lesage, Gilbert

Birth Name Lesage, Gilbert [1a]
Gender male
Age at Death unknown


Event Date Place Description Notes Sources

Occupation   Service Social des Etrangers SSE  

Event Note

In August 1942, when the authorities in southern France began to round up Jews and turn them over to the Germans, Gilbert Lesage was placed in charge of selecting Jews for deportation, according to police secretary-general, René Bousquet’s instructions.
Gilbert Lesage disobeyed his orders and clandestinely warned Jewish and other rescue organizations of impending raids,
When René Bousquet eliminated all exemptions from deportation, Gilbert Lesage ignored this order as well and sent the selection officers an instruction sheet exempting everyone under the age of fifteen.

Event Note

Gilbert Lesage personally directed the selection process at the Vénissieux camp, near Lyon, and freed 108 Jewish children.
He did the same in other places where Jews were concentrated, near Mâcon, Clermont-Ferrand, Limoges, and Montluçon.
He also enabled ssistance associations to the camps, such as l'Amitié chrétienne Christian Friendship,led by the Father Chaillet and Abbé Glasberg, and l'Oeuvre de secours aux enfants (OSE).

Event Note

On April 8, 1944, Gilbert Lesage was arrested, reported by Police officers reported to René Bousquet, and investigated on suspicion of foiling “operations meant to concentrate several types of aliens".

Event Note

Gilbert Lesage remained in prison until the liberation of France.

Honor   חסידי אומות העולם ‎Righteous Among the Nations Yad vaShem יד ושם‎‎ has honored the 'Righteous among the Nations'

Event Note

On February, 1970, Yad vaShem יד ושם‎‎ honored Germaine Chesneau as Righteous among the Nations חסידי אומות העולם‎ for hiding and rescuing 139 people.

Event Note

On March 18, 1976, Daniel Trocmé was honored by Yad VaShem יד ושם‎‎ as Righteous among the Nations חסידי אומות העולם‎.

Event Note

On January 14, 1985, Gilbert Lesage was honored by Yad vaShem יד ושם‎‎ as Righteous among the Nations חסידי אומות העולם‎.

Place Note

In 1990, the entire town of Le Chambon-sur-Lignon was honored as Righteous among the Nations חסידי אומות העולם‎, for their humanitarianism and bravery under extreme danger.
A small garden and plaque on the grounds of Yad vaShem יד ושם‎‎ memorial to the Holocaust was dedicated to the citizens of Chambon-sur-Lignon.

Event Note

In 2004, Alexandre and Vila Glasberg were honored by Yad vaShem יד ושם‎‎ as Righteous among the Nations חסידי אומות העולם‎.

Death November 7, 1989 Paris, Île-de-France, France  


Source References

  1. The path of the righteous: gentile rescuers of Jews during the Holocaust
    1. Page: 11
  2. Les camps de la honte : les internes Juifs des camps français : 1939-1944
    1. Page: 280


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