Le Chambon

By:Tarun R.

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Le Chambon Overview

During the Holocaust Le Chambon played as a safe place for Jewish people. In the time period of 1940-1944 the people of the Le Chambon and surrounding cities with a total population of about 30,000 people. These people helped about 3000-3500 Jewish people escape the German army and live a safe life.

Le Chambon Facts


  • It was started when one Jewish person came to Pastor Andre's home and asked for shelter.
  • The people of Le Chambon helped provide shelter, food, and forged identification cards.
  • They also immigrated Jewish people to Switzerland because at the time Switzerland was neutral at the time.
  • This was all done by Pastor Andre Trocme, his wife Magda, and Pastor Eduoard Theis.
  • Pastor Trocme worked a lot and found many supporters to help him rescue many Jews.
  • All the people worked together to provide relief supplies for the 30,000 hostages at internment camps.
  • At Le Chambon there were many diverse religions because many different people were being caught.
  • Pastor Andre Trocme and his friends were put in jail for not telling anything about the Jewish people.
  • Le Chambon was a major factor in the Holocaust because without that place of safety more Jews would have died.
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Le Chambon Safety

  • People at Le Chambon hid the Jewish people in hotels, private homes, public institutions and farms.
  • Whenever police or army came to people of Le Chambon moved all the people to the mountainside to hide them.
  • Life in a home there would be like a regular family and it would be a really friendly environment.
  • Everyone in the village didn't tell where the Jewish people were to the police when they asked.
  • In the city of Le Chambon everybody knew each other and had a friendly relationship with everybody.
  • As many people that have survived and lived at Le Chambon said that the people their didn't even care they were there.

Major Helpers at Le Chambon

BBC News - Le Chambon: Village saved thousands of WWII Jews

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"Pastor André Trocmé (left), Roger Darcissac (center), and Pastor Edouard Theis (right) Pose at the Entrance to the Church in Le Chambon after Their Release from the Saint-Paul D'Eyjeaux Internment Camp." - USHMM Collections Search. N.p., n.d. Web. 05 Jan. 2016.

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