KHC to Open New Exhibition About French Protestants Who Saved Thousands of Jews During WWII
Opening October 2017, the Kupferberg Holocaust Center unveils an original exhibition that tells a little-known story of rescue by several small French villages 75 miles south of Lyon. During the 16th and 17th centuries, residents of Le Chambon and the surrounding plateau suffered from religious persecution for being Protestants. When Germany invaded France in the 1940s, the town’s pastors, André Trocmé and Édouard Theis, addressed their parishioners stating: “We will resist when our enemies demand that we act in ways that go against the teachings of the Gospel.” Opening their homes and hearts, this town quickly became a safe haven for Jews during the War. Although only 800 Jews are officially recorded as having spent time on the Plateau, historians agree the number is likely closer to 3,500. Curator Dr. Cary Lane and his team, consisting of: Paul Kutner, Robyn Schwartz, Soham Chakraborty, and Kaitlyn Cicciariello, bring life to this exhibit, focusing on the humanity and sincerity with which the villagers approached their heroic rescue of refugees who arrived on their doorstep.