(above: Rescuer Andre Trocme with children in Le Chambon, France, 1944)
"Rescuers During the Holocaust: Their Challenge to Citizens Today"
Lecture and film screening by Pierre Sauvage
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
A child survivor of the Holocaust and an Emmy Award-winning documentary filmmaker, Pierre Sauvage is the President of the Chambon Foundation, which he founded in 1982. His 1989 documentary “Weapons of the Spirit,” explored the French village of Le Chambon during the Nazi occupation, where 5,000 Jews were shelter by 5,000 Christians. Sauvage and his parents were among the rescued. The Chambon Foundation was the first nonprofit educational foundation committed to communicating the necessary and challenging lessons of hope intertwined with the Holocaust’s unavoidable lessons of despair. Mr. Sauvage is currently working on a documentary about Varian Fry, an American teacher and journalist who traveled to France in August 1940 on behalf of the Emergency Rescue Committee with the assignment of bringing some 200 well-known intellectuals in imminent danger of arrest (including Marc Chagall and Max Ernst) to safety in the United States. Fry left only when deported by French authorities. He was posthumously awarded the first annual Rohatyn Global Humanitarian Award this past May.
Assistive listening devices will be available for those with hearing impairments.
Sponsored by the Scott Center for Spiritual and Religious Life with assistance from the Rohatyn Center for International Affairs, the Holocaust Film Fund, Middlebury College Hillel, The Religious Life Council, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, and the Department of Religion.