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Therese Crout’s Night in Le Chambon (Moon Dance)

Not a single Jew who came [to the area of Le Chambon-sur-Lignon] was turned away, or turned in. But it was not until decades later that the villagers spoke of what they had done — and even then, only reluctantly.  “How could you call us ‘good’?” they said. “We were doing what had to be done.” President Barack Obama, Yom Hashoah/Holocaust Remembrance Day, United States Capitol, April 23, 2009.

1389.9 Holocaust C

Jewish children sheltered by the Protestant population of the village of Le Chambon-sur-Lignon. France, between 1941 and 1944.

Nobody asked who was Jewish and who was not. Nobody asked where you were from. Nobody asked who your father was or if you could pay. They just accepted each of us, taking us in with warmth, sheltering children, often without their parents—children who cried in the night from nightmares.”

—Elizabeth Koenig-Kaufman, a former child refugee in Le Chambon

Go here to read more about this community USHM Le Chambon Sur Lignon

Listen to Peter Feigel who was helped and protected by the people of Le Chambon

Read more here on Reflections of Courage and here at Yad Vashem read about the Le Chambon Villagers and Dr. Feng Shan Ho, Katarzyna Kmita, and Francis Foley.