Standing Up to Tyranny:
French Resistance During the Holocaust and its Message for Today
When the Nazis invaded France in 1940, there were 340,000 Jews in the country. Like throughout the rest of Nazi-occupied Europe, Jews were targeted for deportation and extermination.
Pastors Andre Trocmé, Edouard Theis, and others in the town of Le Chambon-sur-Lignon, France and elsewhere rescued and hid Jewish children, despite the certainty of the rescuers’ deaths if they were caught. It is estimated that the effort saved about 3,500 Jews. In 1990, the State of Israel recognized all the inhabitants of Le Chambon and the nearby villages collectively as Righteous Among the Nations.
Nelly Trocmé Hewett, Pastor Trocmé’s daughter, who was a teenager in Le Chambon during the war, will talk about this resistance and its message to stand up for refugees and other marginalized people today at a program on Friday, May 12 at St. Paul City Hall, 15 West Kellogg Boulevard, St. Paul, from noon-2:00 pm. The event is free and open to the public; no reservations are necessary. One ‘clock hour’ is available for educators.
The program is sponsored by the St. Paul Department of Human Rights and Equal Economic Opportunity and co-sponsored by World Without Genocide at Mitchell Hamline School of Law.