City of Refuge

This 10-part series from Waging Nonviolence explores a little-known WWII rescue story, showing what happens when ordinary people won’t ignore the horrors surrounding them. New episodes every week starting Oct. 15.

Part 5: Are you hiding any Jews?

As Le Chambon’s refugee population increased, so too did unsettling visits to the community by Vichy police. Meanwhile, raids and roundups were becoming a growing threat throughout unoccupied France. All this meant that escape to Switzerland became a necessary — and daring — part of the rescue operation.

November 12, 2019

Part 4: She loved me enough to let me go

Who were the refugees that came be sheltered in Le Chambon and its surrounding communities, and how did they get there? Hear from a few of the people who managed to escape persecution and imprisonment to arrive in a real life city of refuge.

November 5, 2019

Part 3: We could not be brainwashed

Magda and André Trocmé immersed themselves in struggles against militarism and fascism throughout the 1930’s, but chance brought them to the village of Le Chambon — a place steeped in its own history of resistance. There, they launched a progressive school and laid the groundwork for the daring rescue effort that would soon take shape.

October 29, 2019

Part 2: A fight against the traditional

Born into wealthy families, Magda and André Trocmé weren’t raised to resist authority. Events both personal and historical caused them to cast off their privilege and choose unconventional life paths, ultimately leading them to their crucial roles in one of the greatest resistance and rescue operations of the 20th century.

October 22, 2019

Part 1: We will do our best to hide them

Refugees are fleeing, hate groups are rising, the far-right is winning elections around the world. Those who want to do something about it are going to need a model for resistance. And there may be none better than the story of a small French community that rescued around 5,000 refugees from the Nazis.

October 15, 2019

Trailer: Introducing City of Refuge

Coming October 15: a 10-part podcast series about a little-known WWII rescue story that shows what happens when ordinary people won’t ignore the horrors that surround them.

October 8, 2019