A Rescuer's Story: Pastor Pierre-Charles Toureille in Vichy France

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This is the story of Pierre Toureille, a French Protestant pastor whose efforts resulted in the rescue of hundreds of refugees, most of them Jewish. Inspired by his Huguenot heritage, Pastro Toureille participated in international Protestant church efforts to combat Nazism during the 1930s and headed a major refugee aid organization in Vichy France during World War II. After the war, Pastor Toureille was honored by the Jewish organization Yad Vashem as one of the "Righteous ...
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Overview

This is the story of Pierre Toureille, a French Protestant pastor whose efforts resulted in the rescue of hundreds of refugees, most of them Jewish. Inspired by his Huguenot heritage, Pastro Toureille participated in international Protestant church efforts to combat Nazism during the 1930s and headed a major refugee aid organization in Vichy France during World War II. After the war, Pastor Toureille was honored by the Jewish organization Yad Vashem as one of the "Righteous Among the Nations."

In telling Toureille's story, Tela Zasloff also describes the wide-ranging network of Protestant pastors and lay people in southern French villages who participated in an aggressive rescue effort. She delves into their motivations, including their heritage as members of a religious minority. Toureille's rescue work under the Vichy regime, partly official and then increasingly clandestine as the war progressed, was a crucial part of the French nonviolent "spiritual resistance" against Nazism.

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“Pastor Toureille was an energetic leader in the international effort to help war refugees, mostly Jewish, in defeated France after 1940. Tela Zasloff, in a labor of love, explores the moral dilemmas of charity within an evil tyranny and brings back the memory of Toureille himself in all his prickly and indomitable humanity.”—Robert O. Paxton, author of Vichy France

“Zasloff’s skillful use of surviving records fills in the background of Vichy France’s shameful collaboration with the Germans, and the dilemma of the Christian churches, torn between their loyalty to the French state and their humanitarian sympathies with those suffering at the Nazis’ hands.”—Congress Monthly

“A welcome contribution to the relatively small corpus of scholarship of Huguenot efforts to shield Jews from persecution during the Second World War. . . . Zasloff’s biography of Pierre[-Charles] Toureille offers a [broad] view of official Protestant aid networks dedicated to helping refugees of all nationalities and religions.”—French Studies

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780299175009
  • Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/2003
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author


Tela Zasloff is the author of Saigon Dreaming and Restoring Vision. She lives in Williamstown, Massachusetts.
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Table of Contents

Prologue
Acknowledgments
Abbreviations
1 Pierre-Charles Toureille, 1900-1976 1
2 To Be a Huguenot 9
3 Pierre Toureille's Early Years and the Ecumenical Movement of the 1930s 34
4 The War Years, an Introduction 63
5 The War, 1939-1940 75
6 The War, 1941 106
7 The War, 1942 143
8 The War, 1943-1945 and After 190
Epilogue 232
App Postwar Tributes and Awards 239
Notes 245
Selected Bibliography 257
Index 263
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  • Posted August 22, 2009

    A Rescuer's Story - Rescue Efforts during WW II

    Of the many who helped rescue Jews and others from the horrors of the Holocaust, among the most prominent were two French Huguenot (Protestant) descendants, Andre Trocme (Chambon-sur-Lignon) and Pierre Toureille in Vichy France. This is the story of the latter, a man with extraordinary organizational skills who made personal sacrifices while managing several efforts to ease the plight of those in detention centers and work camps and to rescue those destined to die in the death camps in various parts of Europe. Marc Toureille, Pierre Toureille's son, provided family photos, letters, and documents to the author to help authenticate her research and to give insight into the rescuer's character. Especially helpful is the chronology of events given at the beginning of each chapter, which helps to put events into perspective. Also informative is a chapter which gives some background and definition to the meaning of Huguenot. What was particularly beneficial to me was that the book, although a biography, demonstrates that WW II was not a monolithic event, but that millions of incidents and situations and persons, while perhaps individual per se, were all an integral part of the whole. What is not generally known is the extent to which French citizens collaborated with the occupying Germans. Marshal Petain was the hero of Verdun in WW I, but executed after WW II as a collaborator. Pierre Toureille was honored after the war, notably at Yad Vashem, the memorial in Israel to those who helped rescue Jews during the Third Reich. In this book, Tela Zasloff provides the detailed research and the human touch that brings to life an example of true agape love.

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