By Patrick Henry
Patrick Henry, operating with a couple of thousand unpublished autobiographical pages written via key rescuers and with files, letters, and interviews by no means earlier than to be had, reconsiders the Holocaust rescue of Jews at the plateau Vivarais-Lignon from 1939 to 1944. Henry rigorously examines the final examine of the final region century on rescue in that sector 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 top of global battle II.
In highlighting the involvement of Catholics, Protestants, and Jews within the rescue undertaking, the e-book appears to be like 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 through the Holocaust and the prestige of "Righteous Jews."
Also analyzed is Albert Camus' chronicle, La Peste, written largely throughout the fifteen months he spent in a hamlet simply outdoor the village of Le Chambon-sur-Lignon from August 1942 till past due 1943. As an allegorical reflect, the textual content displays either the violent and non-violent resistance happening whilst and the place Camus composed his narrative. eventually, Henry brings jointly his personal findings and people of others who've studied the rescuers all through Europe with the intention to comprehend rescuer motivation and to teach incontrovertibly why it will be important not just to understand in regards to the sufferers and perpetrators of the Nazi genocide yet to check and train extra extensively concerning the rescuers of Jews throughout the Holocaust.