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A Portrait of Pacifists: Le Chambon, the Holocaust and the Lives of Andre and Magda Trocme

A Portrait of Pacifists: Le Chambon, the Holocaust and the Lives of Andre and Magda Trocme

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This biography tells the story of Andr and Magda Trocm , two individuals who made nonviolence a way of life. During World War II, the southern French town of Le Chambon-sur-Lignon and its surrounding villages became a center where Jews and others in flight from Nazi roundups could be hidden or led abroad, and where children with parents in concentration camps could be nurtured and educated. The Trocm s' courage during World War II has been well documented in books and film, yet the full arc of their lives--the impulse that led them to devote themselves to nonviolence and their extensive work in the decades following the war--has never been compiled into a full-length biography.

Based on the Trocm s' unpublished memoirs, interviews, and the author's research, the book details the couple's role in the history of pacifism before, during, and after the war. Unsworth traces their mission of building peace by nonviolence throughout Europe to Morocco, Algeria, Japan, Vietnam, and the United States. Analyzing the political and religious complexities of the pacifist movement, the author underscores the Trocm s' deeply personal commitment. Regardless of which nation was condoning violence, shaping international relations, or pressing for peace, and regardless of whose theology dominated the pulpits, both Andr and Magda remained driven by conscience to make nonviolence the hallmark of their life's work.

Author: Richard P. Unsworth
Publisher: Syracuse University Press
Published: 04/27/2012
Pages: 330
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 1.32lbs
Size: 9.29h x 6.30w x 1.10d
ISBN: 9780815609704

About the Author
Richard P. Unsworth is a senior fellow at the Kahn Liberal Arts Institute at Smith College. He has taught religion at Smith College and Dartmouth College, and served as headmaster and president of Northfield Mount Hermon School. His years of involvement with the Collège Cévenol in France led to a friendship with André and Magda Trocmé.

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