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This 10-part series from Waging Nonviolence explores a little-known WWII rescue story, showing what happens when ordinary people won’t ignore the horrors surrounding them.

City of Refuge Waging Nonviolence

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    • 5.0, 49 Ratings

This 10-part series from Waging Nonviolence explores a little-known WWII rescue story, showing what happens when ordinary people won’t ignore the horrors surrounding them.

    BONUS: The plateau continues to welcome refugees

    BONUS: The plateau continues to welcome refugees

    After years of studying war-torn communities, anthropologist Maggie Paxson had had enough. She wanted to see what she could learn about a place that specialized in peace. A family connection to Le Chambon and its World War II rescue operation brought her to the plateau, where she learned that a new effort to help refugees was underway. In this bonus episode, Paxson shares stories from her new book “The Plateau,” and what she learned about this remarkable place that continues to help strangers.

    For more information on “City of Refuge” — including transcripts of all our episodes — visit Waging Nonviolence.

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    • 33 min
    BONUS: 'The Plague' and the plateau

    BONUS: 'The Plague' and the plateau

    Albert Camus spent part of World War II living just two miles from Le Chambon, the tiny French village at the heart of a remarkable nonviolent resistance and rescue operation. Drawing inspiration from what he saw, Camus went on to write “The Plague,” a singular work of art that continues to offer empowering lessons on how to live in moments of crisis.

    For more information on “City of Refuge” — including transcripts of all our episodes — visit Waging Nonviolence.

    Support this podcast with a membership or donation at WagingNonviolence.org/support. We also appreciate a rating or review at Apple Podcasts (or wherever you listen to the show).

    • 25 min
    BONUS: The only way out of Libya is by sea

    BONUS: The only way out of Libya is by sea

    As governments fail to meet basic humanitarian requirements, rescue organizations have had to take life-saving action on the frontlines of the European migrant crisis. In this special bonus episode of “City of Refuge,” we hear from Sea-Watch spokesperson Haidi Sadik about the harrowing journey migrants face before even attempting to cross the Mediterranean, what a search-and-rescue operation looks like and the risks involved in such work.

    For more information on “City of Refuge” — including transcripts of all our episodes — visit Waging Nonviolence.

    Support this podcast with a membership or donation at WagingNonviolence.org/support. We also appreciate a rating or review at Apple Podcasts (or wherever you listen to the show).

    • 23 min
    Part 10: The key is never to turn away

    Part 10: The key is never to turn away

    Armies may have ultimately defeated Hitler, but nonviolent rescuers, like those in Le Chambon, were often the only people to effectively resist the Nazi’s genocidal agenda. What lessons can we carry forward today?

    For show credits, a list of sources, photos and transcript go to the Part 10 episode page.

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    • 40 min
    Part 9: I cannot accept such an award

    Part 9: I cannot accept such an award

    After the war, the Trocmés wrote and spoke about the rescue operation in Le Chambon often, yet the tale eluded widespread attention for decades. This is the story of the story — how the plateau’s nonviolent resistance came to be recognized and the impact that has had on those involved.

    For show credits, a list of sources, photos and transcript go to the Part 9 episode page.

    Support this podcast with a membership or donation at WagingNonviolence.org/support.

    • 41 min
    Part 8: Why didn’t you destroy us?

    Part 8: Why didn’t you destroy us?

    As the war came to an end, André Trocmé took on the unpopular task of ministering to German POW soldiers and engaging in reconciliation efforts to prevent further death and destruction. Through this process he came to find out why the Nazis didn’t wipe out Le Chambon and its surrounding villages, like they did to so many others who opposed them.

    For show credits, a list of sources, photos and transcript go to the Part 8 episode page.

    Support this podcast with a membership or donation at WagingNonviolence.org/support.

    • 40 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
49 Ratings

49 Ratings

BillEaves ,

Beautiful

This is a thorough and inspiring story of the people of Le Chambon and surrounding villages. Thank you for taking the time to follow new leads, have conversations with the people involved, and relate the practice of non-violence to our current situation.

DM@:) ,

Non-violence in example

This true story is well told and the music woven through is beautiful. So inspiring in these political times as we question the wisdom of our own government.

lurvepodcasts ,

Outstanding podcast!

Bryan Farrell does an outstanding job of bringing to light this little know part of WWII history and relating it to our current day crises across the world. This podcast is well-researched and delivered beautifully by Bryan with a great deal of intelligence and empathy. Highly recommend!

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