Pastor Andre Trocme

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Pastor Andre Trocme

André Trocmé was a pastor who became very involved in helping Jews flee from the deportation efforts of the Nazi’s idea of their “Final Solution”. Trocmé was one of the many ministers who tried to encourage everyone to shelter “the people of the Bible”. Their efforts led to Le Chambon and surrounding villages to gather Trocmé and his church members to start resisting the evil they faced. Together they established the first of many “safe houses” where Jews and other refugees seeking to escape the Nazis could hide. The houses got many contributions from organizations like The Salvation Army and Jewish and Christian cumenical groups to help buy food and supplies for the people living in the houses. Many of the people were able to escape to Switzerland following an underground railroad network. With the help of many dedicated people, families were located who were willing to accommodate Jewish refugees; members of the community reported to the railroad station to gather the arriving refugees, and the town's schools were prepared for the increased enrollment of new children, often under false names. Between 1940 and 1944, it is estimated that about 3500 Jewish refugees including many children were saved by the small village of Le Chambon and the communities involved.


Founded Le Collège-Lycée Cévenol InternationalIn January 1971, the Holocaust memorial center in Israel, Yad Vashem, recognized André as Righteous among the NationsYad Vashem honored the village of Le Chambon-sur-Lignon and the neighboring communities with an engraved stele erected in its memorial park

Lasting Impact

Today, Le Chambon-sur-Lignon have become a symbol of the rescue of Jews in France during World War II



Pastor Andre Trocme'

"Look hard for ways to make little moves against destructiveness"

~"André & Magda Trocmé, Daniel Trocmé - The Righteous Among The Nations - Yad Vashem." André & Magda Trocmé, Daniel Trocmé - The Righteous Among The Nations - Yad Vashem. N.p., n.d. Web. 18 Mar. 2014.~"André Trocmé, a Gift Person Essay by Robert Ellsberg." André Trocmé, a Gift Person Essay by Robert Ellsberg. N.p., n.d. Web. 18 Mar. 2014~"Andre Trocme." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 03 Oct. 2014. Web. 18 Mar. 2014.


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