Rescuer's Story: Pastor Pierre-Charles Toureille in Vichy France PDF (Adobe DRM) download by Tela Zasloff

Rescuer's Story: Pastor Pierre-Charles Toureille in Vichy France

University of Wisconsin Press
Publication date: October 2003
ISBN: 9780299175030
Digital Book format: PDF (Adobe DRM)


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Tela Zasloff, a seasoned writer of popular histories illuminates a pivotal, heroic, and relatively unknown chapter in Holocaust history. Reclaiming a crucial rescuer, she narrates the story of the French Protestant Pastor Pierre Toureille, who headed one of the major French refugee relief agencies during World War II. As a result of his efforts, a number of Jewish refugees were rescued and Pastor Tourielle was honored, by Yad Vashem, as one of the Righteous Gentiles. While telling the pastor's story, however, A Rescuer¿s Story doesn't just limit itself to a single drama. Zasloff is also interested in detailing the crucial work of a large, extensive network of villages, pastors, and lay people throughout southern France who participated in an aggressive rescue effort--one that has been overlooked in recent years, and eclipsed by a more concentrated discussion of French collaborators. She also analayzes the central role of French refugee relief agencies and international agencies in the rescue of Jewish refugees , and the impact that Pastor Tourielle's Hugeuenot heritage played on his heroic mission. While the first reviews of this project were positive they also called for some revision. Zasloff has added a new prologue; more clearly framed Toureille's work against rescue efforts by Protestants, Catholics, Jehovah Witnesses, and other groups in France; provided an overview of resistance and complaince by the Vichy government; framed Toureille's work against the literature on rescuers; and edited out some extraneous material. The revised result, enthusiastically endorsed by the final review, is an important addition to our growing list in Holocaust studies and a dramatic rescue mission, in itself, of a positive chapter in French and Holocaust history.
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