By Patrick Henry
Patrick Henry, operating with a couple of thousand unpublished autobiographical pages written by means of key rescuers and with records, letters, and interviews by no means earlier than on hand, reconsiders the Holocaust rescue of Jews at the plateau Vivarais-Lignon from 1939 to 1944. Henry conscientiously examines the final learn of the final sector century on rescue in that region of France, illuminating intimately the strengths and weaknesses of Philip Hallie's groundbreaking learn Lest blameless Blood Be Shed (1979) as they seem sixty years after the tip of worldwide battle II.
In highlighting the involvement of Catholics, Protestants, and Jews within the rescue challenge, the publication seems heavily on the lives and paintings of 2 rescuers at the plateau: a tender Protestant guy, Daniel Trocmé, and a Jewish mom of 3, Madeleine Dreyfus, either one of whom have been arrested and deported. Daniel died within the gasoline chamber at Maidanek; Madeleine survived Bergen-Belsen. Madeleine presents an instance of a Jewish rescuer of Jews and increases the problems of so-called Jewish passivity in the course of the Holocaust and the prestige of "Righteous Jews."
Also analyzed is Albert Camus' chronicle, La Peste, written largely through the fifteen months he spent in a hamlet simply outdoor the village of Le Chambon-sur-Lignon from August 1942 till overdue 1943. As an allegorical reflect, the textual content displays either the violent and non-violent resistance occurring while and the place Camus composed his narrative. ultimately, Henry brings jointly his personal findings and people of others who've studied the rescuers all through Europe for you to comprehend rescuer motivation and to teach incontrovertibly why it's important not just to grasp concerning the sufferers and perpetrators of the Nazi genocide yet to review and train extra extensively in regards to the rescuers of Jews through the Holocaust.
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Extra info for We Only Know Men: The Rescue of Jews in France During the Holocaust
11. , Le Plateau Vivarais-Lignon, passim for references to the Chambonisation of the phenomenon of rescue on the plateau and to Major Schmähling. Rescuing Jews in the South of France author had intended. Hallie’s pioneering study also brought international attention to the phenomenon of nonviolent resistance against the Nazis. As such, and given the fact that it was among the earliest and most widely read books about rescue, it unquestionably played a significant part in the collective determination to give a central role to nonviolent resistance in Holocaust museums throughout the world.
During the times of persecution, there were huge emigrations into Holland, Germany, northern Italy, England, Canada, and the United States. 45 Those who could not afford to flee to foreign countries and who hid in the most inhospitable areas of the country survived on cunning, secrecy, and silence. Living clandestinely, they cultivated a strong distrust of governments. As daily readers of the Bible, French Protestants knew the Hebrew Bible well and were therefore familiar with Jewish history. A persecuted minority throughout the greater portion of their own history, they felt close to marginalized peoples, and many of them particularly identified with the Jews, whom they recognized as the chosen people of God.
47 French Protestants refer to the 1685–1789 period of their history as “the desert,” which is a clear indication of their identification and solidarity with the Jews. When the Jewish refugees were taken on the three-hundred-kilometer journey from Le Chambon-sur-Lignon to Switzerland, as Pierre Sauvage portrays beautifully in Weapons of the Spirit, they were following the same route taken by refugee Protestants hundreds of years earlier. Roughly one-third of the Protestants in the area of Le Chambonsur-Lignon were not Huguenots but Darbyites, evangelical followers of the nineteenth-century English preacher John Darby.
We Only Know Men: The Rescue of Jews in France During the Holocaust by Patrick Henry