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Trocme, Andre

Born: 1901 AD
Died: 1971 AD
Nationality: French
Categories: Clergymen

1901 – Born on April 7th. French clergyman, pacifist, and anti-Nazi activist.

         – André Trocmé is famous for his role in saving thousands of Jews from the Nazis, as pastor of the French village of Le Chambon.

1938 – Co-founder of the Collège Lycée International Cévenol in Le Chambon-sur-Lignon, France.

1940 – Someone knocked on the door of Pastor Trocmé’s home. A Jewish woman who had fled from Germany sought shelter; she thought perhaps the local pastor would understand her plight. Magda Trocmé, Pastor Trocmé’s wife, knew that the woman would need false identity documents in order to avoid arrest.

1942 – He urged his congregation to give shelter to any Jew who should ask for it.

1943 – Pastor Trocmé was arrested and sent to a detention camp in France. The camp commander demanded that he sign an oath of loyalty to the Vichy government. He refused, but was released after five weeks.

1971 – Died on June 5th.