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 ended in the rescue of 1000s of refugees, so much of them Jewish. encouraged by means of his Huguenot history, Pastor Toureille participated in foreign Protestant church efforts to strive against Nazism through the Thirties and headed an incredible refugee reduction association in Vichy France in the course of international conflict II. After the conflict, Pastor Toureille used to be commemorated by means 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 legitimate after which more and more clandestine because the struggle progrressed. was once a vital a part of the French non-violent "spiritual resistance" opposed to Nazism.

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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. He was executed by the Nazis in April 1945 for being an accomplice in a plot to assassinate Hitler.

Each of you will understand, I hope, what that means. I adhere without any reservations to the confession of the faith of 1872, especially to the statement: “the sovereign authority of Holy Scripture in matters of faith, and in salvation through faith in Jesus Christ, only Son of God, who died for our sins and who rose again to save us”. It is in this spirit that I have worked in Bourdeaux during the past year—it is in this spirit that I shall work as long as God will give me breath and life. May God hear my prayer!

An immoveable attachment to the persecuted, a pious and heroic firmness, and a simple and unostentatious generosity distinguished all. This religious feeling, which cannot have escaped those who have visited the Cévennes, even in a season of prosperity, was especially impressive in a period of alarm and consternation. (411–12) Marie Brottes, 1906–1996 I was fortunate to have spent three days with a rescuer from the best known of these Cevenol villages, Le Chambon-sur-Lignon. Marie Brottes’ testimony about her war experience explained much about what drove Pierre Toureille during the war.

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