By Tela Zasloff
This can be the tale of a Holocaust rescuer, Pierre Toureille, a French Protestant pastor whose efforts led to the rescue of 1000s of refugees, so much of them Jewish. encouraged by way of his Huguenot history, Pastor Toureille participated in foreign Protestant church efforts to strive against Nazism through the Thirties and headed an important refugee relief association in Vichy France in the course of international conflict II. After the battle, Pastor Toureille was once 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 less than the Vichy regime, partially reputable after which more and more clandestine because the battle progrressed. was once a very important a part of the French non-violent "spiritual resistance" opposed to Nazism.
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Extra resources for A Rescuer's Story: Pastor Pierre-Charles Toureille in Vichy France
Some historians argue that this process of subdividing and regrouping has been a basis for the vitality of the Protestant church in France, which seems to renew itself by airing theological and political differences at all levels of its organization. During World War II, the Protestant rescue networks were enabled by the fact that control of clandestine operations resided with pastors at the local village level. Protestant church spokesmen were prominent as one of the earliest, as a religious group, to protest the Vichy and German repressive measures, particularly those directed against Jews.
Author of a number of works on Bohemia and cofounder, with Tomásˇ Masaryk, of the journal, The Czech Nation, Denis had been considered, by Czechs, to be one of the founders of the independent state restored to them in the twentieth century In the preface to his thesis on Huss (titled “John Huss: The beginnings of the present religious crisis in Czechoslovakia”), Toureille explained why he got involved in the project, including his admiration of the immediacy of Slav history in the minds of its peoples: Brought up in the knowledge and love of the Slav peoples and desiring to devote myself to the youth organizations in Slav countries, I had the honor and privilege, in 1921, of being chosen by the Minister of Public Instruction, after being proposed 36 a rescuer’s story by the Institute of Slav Studies in Paris, to go to Prague on a scholarship to study the government of Czechoslovakia.
That was very bad. Then something else happened, something which has changed and transformed my life to the present day. I discovered the Bible for the first time. It is also very bad to have to say that. I had preached often and seen a good deal of the church, . . and yet I had not yet become a Christian. The Bible and especially the Sermon on the Mount freed me from this. Since then everything has changed. . It became clear to me that the life of a servant of Jesus Christ must belong to the church, and it became even more clear, step by step, how that must come about.
A Rescuer's Story: Pastor Pierre-Charles Toureille in Vichy France by Tela Zasloff