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By Tela Zasloff

This can be the tale of a Holocaust rescuer, Pierre Toureille, a French Protestant pastor whose efforts led to the rescue of 1000's of refugees, such a lot of them Jewish. encouraged via his Huguenot historical past, Pastor Toureille participated in overseas Protestant church efforts to strive against Nazism in the course of the Thirties and headed an important refugee relief association in Vichy France in the course of international battle II. After the warfare, Pastor Toureille used to be venerated via the Jewish association Yad Vashem as one of many "Righteous one of the Nations."     In telling Toureille’s tale, Tela Zasloff additionally depicts the wide-ranging community of Protestant pastors and lay humans in southern French villages who participated in an competitive rescue attempt. She delves into their motivations, together with their historical past as individuals of a non secular minority. Toureille’s rescue paintings below the Vichy regime, partially reputable after which more and more clandestine because the battle progrressed. used to be a vital a part of the French non-violent "spiritual resistance" opposed to Nazism.

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The most affecting care and hospitality was afforded to all whom danger or fear had driven to the mountains. I observed that in their commiseration there was less of softness and more of solemnity than in ordinary pity;—religious principle mingled with the impulse of humanity, and gave it a character more serious and august. There were no tears, no effusions, no complaints. A gloomy silence and a severe sort of virtue was observed by the hospitable hosts, and they received, in return, from the fugitives, but To Be a Huguenot 27 few expressions of gratitude.

Now I found others who shared this purpose with me. Now I was concerned above all for a renewal of the church and the pastorate. . All at once Christian pacifism dawned on me as being a matter of course, though shortly beforehand I had passionately fought against it. . And so things developed, bit by bit. It took over all my perception and all my thought. . Before me lies my calling. I do not know what God means to make of it. . 4 It was only after the advent of the war that Bonhoeffer became an activist rebel against the State and eventually its victim.

In 1938, within the larger Federation, all Protestant denominations, with the exception of the evangelical churches, became members of the Reformed Church of France. Some historians argue that this process of subdividing and regrouping has been a basis for the vitality of the Protestant church in France, which seems to renew itself by airing theological and political differences at all levels of its organization. During World War II, the Protestant rescue networks were enabled by the fact that control of clandestine operations resided with pastors at the local village level.

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