Village saved Jews in war Protestant pastors convinced parishioners to resist the Nazis ‘without fear’

Remy De La Mauviniere, Reuters
Jules Herbrard, 100, who rescued Jews during the Second World War, attended yesterday’s ceremony in Paris.

By John Lichfield
The Independent, London
PARIS (Jan 19, 2007)

A French village which saved 3,000 Jews from the Holocaust was admitted last night to France’s state memorial for national heroes.

The heroism of Chambon-sur-Lignon was largely unknown, or ignored, in France for many years after the end of the 1939-45 war. Two Protestant pastors in the Cevennes Mountains in southeastern France persuaded thousands of local people to hide Jews, including many children.