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A Rescuer's Story: Pastor Pierre-Charles Toureille in Vichy by Tela Zasloff

By Tela Zasloff

This is often the tale of a Holocaust rescuer, Pierre Toureille, a French Protestant pastor whose efforts led to the rescue of 1000's of refugees, so much of them Jewish. encouraged via his Huguenot background, Pastor Toureille participated in foreign Protestant church efforts to strive against Nazism throughout the Nineteen Thirties and headed an enormous refugee relief association in Vichy France in the course of global warfare II. After the conflict, Pastor Toureille was once commemorated by way of 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 contributors of a spiritual 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 very important a part of the French non-violent "spiritual resistance" opposed to Nazism.

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But during the course of my stay (September 1921 to July 1922), placed daily in the presence of the profound “sense of history” of the Czechoslovak nation, I felt it imperative that I devote myself, above all, to a minute study of what one might call the underpinnings of the present crisis. Toureille paid respectful, but puckish, tribute to the historians whose attention to scholarship he adopted— “[those professors] who used this method with so much confidence, clarity and zeal. And if some of us do not achieve the level of confidence, clarity and zeal of our professors, who would wish it otherwise?

The trial was obviously rigged. Boissin’s lawyer was a major in the same national guard in which Boissin had served as sergeant, and the chief witnesses were members of the national guard and the police. The audience was an enthusiastic mob, which drowned out any attempt at maintaining order and rationality. Boissin was found not guilty to attempted murder, and the court maintained he had been provoked to using his weapon by both an attack on his person by a public law enforcement officer and threats from the Protestants themselves—“the enemies of legitimacy .

Marie Durand was kept for thirty-eight years in the Tower of Constance. Our people were burned at the stake. ” Her favorite biblical character was Deborah, a prophetess of Israel and one of the Israelite judges. She saved her people during the period when Israelite history alternated violently between victories over the neighboring tribes when the Israelites were faithful to God, and defeat and slavery when they worshiped their neighbors’ idols. Deborah inspired Barak to lead the Israelites in victory against Sisera, the mighty captain of the Canaanite armies.

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