In A Portrait of Pacifists, Richard P. Unsworth presents the life stories of André and Magda Trocmé, detailing the couple’s well-known resistance efforts in Le Chambon, France, during World War II. The book begins in Geneva late in the Trocmés’ lives, circling back to explore André’s and Magda’s childhoods in France and Italy respectively, the relationship between André’s Christian religious beliefs and his adherence to pacifist ideals, and the implications of their pacifist beliefs in their personal and professional lives, including André’s experiences in the army and working for the Rockefeller family in New York after the war. The Trocmés’ family life and André’s religious work at various parishes in France, most notably Le Chambon-sur-Lignon, which became an important place for Jewish refugees who were in hiding or trying to escape from occupied France, are also explored. Drawing on the Trocmés’ own writing, in addition to photographs, poetry, and drawings, A Portrait of Pacifists is a nuanced biography in which Unsworth contextualizes the Trocmés’ public efforts in light of their personal beliefs about the value of human life. Abbreviations and terms, appendix, author’s note, chronology, foreword, index, references, suggested reading.
A Portrait of Pacifists: Le Chambon, the Holocaust, and the Lives of André and Magda Trocmé
Sarah Shewchuk holds a PhD in Comparative Literature from the University of Alberta.
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