By Peter Grose
The untold tale of an remoted French group that banded jointly to provide sanctuary and shield to over 3,500 Jews within the throes of global warfare II
Nobody requested questions, no one demanded funds. Villagers lied, coated up, procrastinated and hid, yet most significantly they welcomed.
This is the tale of an remoted neighborhood within the higher reaches of the Loire Valley that conspired to avoid wasting the lives of 3,500 Jews lower than the noses of the Germans and the warriors of Vichy France. it's the tale of a pacifist Protestant pastor who broke legislation and defied orders to guard the lives of overall strangers. it's the tale of an eighteen-year-old Jewish boy from great who solid 5,000 units of fake id papers to avoid wasting different Jews and French Resistance warring parties from the Nazi focus camps. And it's the tale of a group of excellent women and men who provided sanctuary, kindness, harmony and hospitality to humans in determined desire, understanding complete good the results to themselves.
Powerful and richly instructed, an exceptional position to conceal speaks to the goodness and braveness of normal humans in amazing situations. eight pages of B&W illustrations
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Extra resources for A Good Place to Hide: How One French Community Saved Thousands of Lives in World War II
The place of my earliest memories is Mickiewicza Street, where we lived on the ground floor of the Municipal Building. The offices of the town hall were upstairs. In back, at the far end of a large yard, was a detention cell used mostly for sobering up drunks overnight. Right in front, by the gate, was the police station. I was too young at the time to realize what an unusual living situation we had for a Jewish family in Chrzanow, Poland, in the 1930s. Facing the street were several stores attached to the government complex; two of those stores were ours.
She would pray and murmur, "My baby, my dearest, mir zol zein far dir," I should endure for you. " Papa would sit for hours in synagogue praying for his child's recovery. As gently as she could, Dr. Szymerowa pronounced the verdict. "I am afraid it's polio," she said in a somber voice. "There is nothing I can do for Goldzia. " It was not only Krakow that Goldzia was taken to: Papa abandoned the business, the source of his livelihood, and undertook a perilous journey, carrying Goldzia in his arms and attending to all her needs en route.
When young Gitele came to the store, Mama immediately knew something was wrong. " she asked anxiously. "How come she sent you today for her order? " "No, my mother isn't feeling well. " Mama would promptly pick up a jar from the shelf, dash some herbal tea into a paper, and hand it to Gitele. "When you get home, boil some water, put in a heaping teaspoon of the tea, and let your mother drink it. " Gitele collected her purchases in her basket. " she asked. "Oh, no," Mama responded, "there is no charge for the tea; it is for a refuah sheleima [total recovery] for your mother.