As the Nazi Army closed in on Europe at the onset of World War II, desperate Jewish families were forced to flee their homes In danger and with no safe place to go, the little village of Le Chambon sur Lignon and the area of Auvergne, in Southern France, became a refuge for them A Protestant stronghold where people had once been persecuted for their religious beliefs, the community sheltered several thousand Jews, many of whom were children In this book the authors tell the poignant stories of some of these children, collected in interviews both of survivors and the families who helped them Time line, glossary, bibliography, and index....
|Title||:||Hidden on the Mountain: Stories of Children Sheltered from the Nazis in Le Chambon|
|Publisher||:||Holiday House February 1, 2007|
|Number of Pages||:||275 pages|
|File Size||:||782 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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Hidden on the Mountain: Stories of Children Sheltered from the Nazis in Le Chambon Reviews
Years ago I saw the film "Weapons of the Spirit" on PBS. When I was ordering books later, I wanted a copy of the DVD & further information about the events in-and-around LeChambon sur LIgnon during the Vichy Government days of WWII. This and other books enhanced my enlightenment on the subject. What a CRIME it is that Americans don't know what simple Huguenot citizens of France were able to do under VERY trying circumstances - opening their homes to those fleeing the Nazis (because they knew it was " the right thing to do"), then sharing the very little that they had available for them & their families with an almost equal number of Jewish refugees and also helping hide them from the Nazis. ...And at the same time OUR government was TURNING AWAY Jewish refugees fleeing for their lives from the Nazis!!!
Moving story of a French village which 'bonded' as it sheltered Jewish children during WWII. Certain of the children's stories are told in detail, without idealization, showing the diversity of character and background of what one would normally only think of in terms of a group of refugees. Am glad I didn't miss this.
This was an excellent book about a beautiful, true story. We gave it to our 14-year-old grandson, who is interested in world history. The whole family learned from the heroic deeds that are unveiled in this book. A good read, too.
This is a very well written story for adults as well as teens. The many stories of children now adults telling their stories of life during WW II.
this is a wonderful book. i have read several books on le chambon, but this one is by far the best. it really tells the story of what life was like for those who where in hiding from the nazis. what makes this book stand out from others is is because the stories are told from the refuges point of view. this makes it much more interesting.
This non-fiction book is a unique collection of real-life accounts from individuals who as children were sheltered during the Nazi era in the mountains of Southern France in a town called Le Chambon. This work is quite admirable, as individuals interviewed recall their experiences in journal form. The stories attest to the heartbreak and the realistic dangers of the times, but provide an added sense of hope and an appreciation for those who rose up against evil. Each entry is followed with an epilogue that gives the reader the satisfaction of knowing what has become of each child. The stories are not without pain and great loss, but what shines through is the righteousness of the citizens of La Chambon. The Jewish children who were sent to La Chambon, a Protestant community, were separated from their parents. In the face of trauma, the children were warmly welcomed into their new community. The children attended school, worked on farms, and participated in activities with other children. The uniqueness of La Chambon was in the sense of duty the entire community had in protecting the Jewish children. Many of the individuals discuss their Judaism, including the struggle to make sense of their religious identity. The "Note to Readers" in the beginning of the book, clearly details the research process and the care taken by the authors to share these stories with authenticity. The authors' passion for the project is felt throughout the book. For ages 11- 16.
The authors tell the amazing story of Le Chambon and the surrounding villages, whose inhabitants saved over 3,500 Jews from the Nazis, either by sheltering them in their own communities or by helping them escape to Switzerland. The authors concentrate on the stories of about a dozen Jewish child survivors whom the authors were able to personally interview. They also interviewed non-Jewish townspeople and other refugees who were sheltered at Le Chambon during the war. The book is illustrated with many photos of survivors and rescuers and has an extensive index, glossary, bibliography, maps, timelines, and a pronunciation guide. This book is a must for public and school libraries, and tells a little known story of group heroism in the Holocaust.
I just chanced upon this remarkable book: Hidden on the Mountain by Deborah Durland DeSaix and Karen Gray Ruelle: Stories of Children Sheltered from the Nazis in Le Chambon. The authors spent four years finding and interviewing people, who as children and youth were protected during WWII by this community. They have then masterfully proceeded to tell their stories.