necessary and challenging lessons of hope
intertwined with the Holocaust's unavoidable lessons of despair
à la recherche des leçons d'espoir que nous lègue aussi la Shoah...
Not a single Jew who came [to the area of Le Chambon-sur-Lignon] was turned away, or turned in. But it was not until decades later that the villagers spoke of what they had done -- and even then, only reluctantly. "How could you call us 'good'?" they said. "We were doing what had to be done." President Barack Obama, Yom Hashoah/Holocaust Remembrance Day, United States Capitol, April 23, 2009
Yiddish: the Mother Tongue (1979-2014)
The Optimists—The Story of the Rescue of the Bulgarian Jews From the Holocaust (Jacky Comforty, 2002)
Not Idly By: Peter
Bergson, America and the Holocaust (2014)
winner, documentary award, Toronto Jewish Film Festival
And Crown Thy Good: Varian Fry in Marseille (upcoming)
We live in times in which hope is a rare commodity. That is why someone like Pierre Sauvage is such a valuable resource. [He] is a purveyor of hope,
of faith in the better instincts of human beings. Judging from the footage he has completed so far, Sauvage has another inspiring effort on his hands.
George Robinson, The Jewish Week, New York
[Varian Fry Institute] [Chambon Institute]
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