Georges Voronoff


The Brothers Voronoff: Serge, Alexandre, and Georges at center as two assistants stand at the side of the operating table…(thanks to Isabelle for this image)

“I grafted upon (the priest) with the collaboration of my brother, Dr. George Voronoff.  His recent letters confirmed the complete success of the operation.  Subsequently, two other priests benefited from the operation.“

~Serge Voronoff: From Cretin to Genius


The Brothers Voronoff: Alexandre, Serge, Georges, and Jacque, and …?

Again, thanks Isabelle for the picture!

It may perhaps be this elder brother who had the operation.

vorThere is some confusion as to if it was George  who underwent the rejuvenation operation.  Results of his case were announced in numerous publications:

A more youthful appearing George Voronoff, Serge Voronoff’s older brother, following the transplantation of primate testicular tissue. The photo on the left was taken when the graft recipient was age 65. The photo on the right shows him at age 69. [From Serge Voronoff’s The Sources of Life, Bruce Humphries, Inc., Boston, 1943.]

Georges was a botanist and gynecologist as well as a Freemason and member of the French Resistance of WWII.  Georges assisted Serge with a number of testicular gland grafting surgeries during the 20s.  Apparently he was captured by the Nazis and either died in prison or was gassed at Auschwitz.

“Georges Voronoff, mort en déportation au camp d’Auschwitz.” From the French Freemason Inter-War Resistance Archives: The entire text is here.

French Resistance 1940-45: “Brothers Voronoff, Gauthier and Poittevin died in prison; Brother Gosselin fell in action on the Alsace front and Brothers Lacroix and Rogannet fought and were wounded in Paris while evicting the Germans at the Liberation.” From Freemasonry Today

G.Voronoff was found in a list of Auschwitz victims on a French website: Voronoff (Georges), born on April 7, 1873 with Voronegt (Russia), deceased on October 12, 1943 at Auschwitz (Poland); and his brother Voronoff (Alexandre), born on September 8, 1881 with Chekhmani (Russia), deceased on August 3, 1944 at Auschwitz (Poland)….

Georges Voronoff is mentioned in a list of individuals including Baron Rothschild whose personal art collections were confiscated by the Einsazstab Rosenberg Nazi party in 1945 France. The archives are here. The Nazis were heavily influenced by the radical ideas of Alfred Rosenberg who was in charge of the looting of Jewish heirlooms and ‘degenerate art’ of Western Europe.  Rosenberg’s Wikipedia biography is here.

George and his brother Serge are listed as Pilpoul, Jewish Freemasons on the French site All These People Have Bonds (Secret Societies during La Grande Epoch de Paris)

From the historic World War Archives of the  Masonic Grande  Orient de France :

“Four consultants and counselors of the fraternity paid with their lives for their resistance and/or their Jewishness: Leon Gontier, Andre Haarbleicher, Gaston Poittevin, and Georges Voronoff”

George is one of 500 members of the GODF that perished during WWII who are honored at the Day of Remembrance every year by the Grand Lodge in Paris.

From Memorial Genweb:

Information: à Voronegt (Russie) Born 07.04.1873 in Voronegt (Russia)

Convoy of: 31/07/1944  see here.


Recently obtained documents from the Smithsonian Archives (special thanks Mary Markey!!) contain a detailed correspondence between Dr. Georges Voronoff at the Jardin Botanique Principal in Leningrad, USSR and Ellsworth Killip, Curator of Plants National Smithsonian Herbarium in 1930.killip

Dr. Killip’s guides in Panama, 1930

From the Voronoff-Killip Papers:

“After an absence of more than two months, on account of a botanical mission in Transcaucasia, I am now again in Leningrad…

“…I have been engaged for several years in the general study of Leguminosae in order to elucidate some regularities in their systematics and their geography.  During the last year I have devoted much attention to the species of the genus Lupinus L. but am not quite satisfied with the material I have been able to collect….”



Dr. Schultes in Columbia

George and Lippard were contemporaries of Richard Evan Schultes who pioneered the field of ethnobotany and the study of hallucinogenic plants.

A few of the plants collected by George and his traveling partner   S. Juzep Czudand his expedition to Columbia and Brasil, Mexico and Venezuala were:

The PassionFlower:


The Lupin:



Piperacea and Phoradendrons, Rubiaceae, Passiflora or Passionflower, Loranthecae, Pilea, Cordia, Tournefortia, and Bomarea, the Chinese Phoradendron, Weinmannia, ALchemilla, Sapium from Venezuala, and S. Aucuparum, Compositae, Leguminosae, Urticacae, Cyperaceae, Hypericaceae, and Viburnum, V. Glabratum, Piperaceae, Araceae, Melostomaceae, Lobelaceae, Sapium, Rosaceae, Alchimilla, and last but not least the Rubus.

Leaving from: Drancy (93)
Going to: Auschwitz (Poland)
Date of Death: 12/10/1943
 Place of death: Auschwitz (Poland)
Source: Official Gazette No 286 of 09.12.2001
Reference No: D-25836

6 thoughts on “Georges Voronoff

  1. I am the direct grandson of Jacques Voronoff, brother to Serge Voronoff. My mother,Jacques’ daughter, was named Nataska Aimee Hellsinger Voronoff. I have a family album of photos of Voronoff family members, a large portrait painting of Serge Voronoff and several pictures of Grimaldi and pictures of my mother and her sister Tania playing with the monkeys. I also have porcelain sculptures of the first monkeys at Grimaldi which Serge V. had made.

    Serge Voronoff Trotter
    Portland, Oregon USA

    1. Dear Mr. Voronoff Trotter,
      I understand that Georges Voronoff died at Auschwitz and that his art collection was removed by the agents of the Einsatzstab Reichsleiter Rosenberg (ERR).
      Were any of the items removed from Georges Voronoff’s residence recovered after 1945?
      Marc Masurovsky
      9 December 2009
      Falls Church, VA

      1. Marc, thanks for your comment. Honestly I do not know what was removed and what artifacts, if any, have been recovered. I am in the process of acquiring the National Archives documents that contain photos of the works stolen. Then the next step in the recuperation process will be to contact the various museums in Europe that are holding the thousands of looted artworks from WW2. Hopefully something remains for the descendants of the Voronoff family.

  2. hello
    i’m interested by these two lines of yours
    “George and his brother Serge are listed as Pilpoul, Jewish Freemasons on the French site All These People Have Bonds (Secret Societies during La Grande Epoch de Paris)”
    for my father and his brother’ family name is Pilpoul and they were soldiers in WW2.
    what this mean in this context?

    1. thank you for your question! as far as I know, pilpoul was a Jewish Freemason, whether or not this is true, I don’t know. Maybe the name has another significance. I am only quoting from the website; I appreciate your thoughts.

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