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After more than two years of research, interviews and production, I’m excited to announce the Oct. 15 launch of “City of Refuge” — a 10-part podcast series from Waging Nonviolence.
Each week until the end of the year, I will take listeners inside the remarkable and little-known story of a French community that openly resisted the Nazis and rescued 5,000 refugees. We’ll experience their heroic efforts through the words of leading figures, still living community members and some of the people they saved. We’ll also examine the important lessons this story offers us today — amidst rising authoritarianism and another global refugee crisis.
“City of Refuge” will be available wherever you listen to podcasts, as well as right here on Waging Nonviolence. Join our weekly newsletter for updates.
Thanks for your project. Is it Le Chambon and the Trocmé story you’re featuring? If so I urge you to say so. It’s famiiar to many “of a certain age” but there’s a new generation out there looking for examples of nonviolent resistance. AND if it’s NOT this story, advertise that it’s a different one!
I taught “Lest Innocent Blood be Shed” and the film for decades to church and academic groups. So valuable also to understand the historical difference between the pressures under foreign occupation, i.e. resisting a FOREIGN power versus risking death for treason by resisting one’s own government, as within Nazi Germany (my specialty). I’m translator and co-translator respectively of 3 vols of German pastor/resister Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s writings from prison and am writing a book on anti-Nazi resister Adam von Trott (1909-1944).
What is the name of the city?
I am continually inspired by the story of the Trocme’s and the village of Le Chambon, who’s collective effort saved over 5000 lives. Understanding how this village managed to successfully save people throughout the entire war is critical to our own time. As a practitioner of the torah of nonviolence, I am deeply indebted to Waging Nonviolence for their tireless effort to promote a force more powerful. I am a contributing member. I hope you become one too!