A Rescuer’s Story
Pastor Pierre-Charles Toureille in Vichy France
The story of a French Huguenot pastor who rescued hundreds of refugees from the Nazis
In telling Pierre-Charles Toureille’s story, Tela Zasloff also describes the wide-ranging network of Protestant pastors and lay people in southern French villages who participated in an aggressive rescue effort. She delves into their motivations,including their Huguenot heritage as members of a religious minority.
Tela Zasloff is the author of Saigon Dreaming and Restoring Vision. She lives in Williamstown, Massachusetts.
“Pastor Toureille was an energetic leader in the international effort to help war refugees, mostly Jewish, in defeated France after 1940. Tela Zasloff, in a labor of love, explores the moral dilemmas of charity within an evil tyranny and brings back the memory of Toureille himself in all his prickly and indomitable humanity.”
—Robert O. Paxton, author of Vichy France
“A welcome contribution to the relatively small corpus of scholarship of Huguenot efforts to shield Jews from persecution during the Second World War … Zasloff’s biography of Pierre [Charles] Toureille offers a [broad] view of official Protestant aid networks dedicated to helping refugees of all nationalities and religions.”
“Zasloff’s skillful use of surviving records fills in the background of Vichy France’s shameful collaboration with the Germans, and the dilemma of the Christian churches, torn between their loyalty to the French state and their humanitarian sympathies with those suffering at the Nazis’ hands.”
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LC: 2002010201 D
284 pp. 6 x 9 11 b/w photos