Jules Isaac (18 November 1877 – 6 September 1963) was a Jewish French historian.
Born in France in 1877, Isaac obtained a degree in History and Geography in 1902 and was professor for over 30 years. A fighter by nature with an intense thirst for truth, he was strongly influenced by Péguy from the moment they first met in 1897. He fought the accusers of Dreyfus, not because Dreyfus was a Jew, but in pursuit of justice and truth. In 1936 he was appointed Inspector General of Public Education. However it was his history text books that made him famous.
His interest in the historical problem of Christian anti-semitism began at the end of 1942. In October 1943 the Gestapo arrested his daughter, son-in-law, one of his sons and his wife. He alone escaped through an extraordinary piece of luck. Though his son escaped the other three never returned. His wife…
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