The Grave of Rabbi Jules Ruff


Rabbi Jules Ruff was one of the 18 Jewish chaplains authorized by French Ministry of War in 1914 (there were about 68 protestant ones and 300 catholic chaplains in 1914). Jules Ruff, born in 1862 was the rabbi of Verdun. He was killed in Vadelaincourt (Meuse) on September 4, 1917.

Here is an article about his death (article found here)

Le Temps, n. 20.521, Wednesday 12 September 1917, p. 3 :

« ― On nous annonce la mort glorieuse du rabbin de Verdun, M. Jules Ruff, tombé au champ d’honneur pendant le bombardement de Vadelaincourt. Atteint par un obus ennemi, il eut les deux jambes emportées et succomba bientôt à ses blessures. Homme des plus distingués, hautement estimé de tous ceux qui le connaissaient, il s’engagea comme aumônier dès le début des hostilités, en dépit de son âge : il avait en effet cinquante-cinq ans.

M. Jules Ruff est le quatrième rabbin français tué à l’ennemi. »

This photograph comes from a series of postcards dedicated to the inauguration of a momument for Jewish soldiers in Verdun in 1938.

The grave of a Jewish Chaplain of French Army

Thanks to a friend of mine, Jean-Luc Kaluzko, I was able to get a picture of the current state of his grave.

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