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During the most terrible years of World War II, when inhumanity and political insanity held most of the world in their grip and the Nazi domination of Europe seemed irrevocable and unchallenged, a miraculous event took place in a small Protestant town in southern France called Le Chambon. There, quietly, peacefully, and in full view of the Vichy government and a nearby division of the Nazi SS, Le Chambon's villagers and their clergy organized to save thousands of Jewish children and adults from certain death.
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About the Author
Philip Hallie was Griffin Professor of Philosophy at Wesleyan University, where he taught for thirty-two years. He died in 1994, leaving this manuscript. That it can now be published is do to the devotion of his wife, Doris Ann Hallie, who contributed an afterword. The foreword by John Compton, fellow philosopher and longtime friend of the author, will help the reader to understand this unusual document in the context of Hallie's life and thought.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book details how a poor heugenot village in France set out to become a city of refuge. Their resistance was completely nonviolent, and the villagers did not think of themselves as heroes, or even as good people. In saving thousands of Jews, they were 'just doing something that needed doing.' The extraordinary pastors of the village, Andre Trocme and Eduard Theis, are covered in great detail, for they were the spiritual and temporal leaders of this village. I first read this book 12 years ago, and continue to be moved by it. We keep multiple copies on hand, because when we loaned out our copy, it never came back. Now we press it on friends, they read it, pass it on to others, and the story of Le Chambon is preserved anew.