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City of Refuge

14 EpisodesProduced by Waging NonviolenceWebsite

This 10-part series from Waging Nonviolence explores a little-known WWII rescue story, showing what happens when ordinary people won’t ignore the horrors surrounding them.

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TRAILER: City of Refuge

October 8th, 2019


Coming October 15: a 10-part podcast series about a little-known WWII rescue story that shows what happens when ordinary people won’t ignore the horrors that surround them.

Part 1: We will do our best to hide them

October 15th, 2019


Refugees are fleeing, hate groups are rising, the far-right is winning elections around the world. Those who want to do something about it are going to need a model for resistance. And there may be none better than the …

Part 2: A fight against the traditional

October 22nd, 2019


Born into wealthy families, Magda and André Trocmé weren’t raised to resist authority. Events both personal and historical caused them to cast off …

Part 3: We could not be brainwashed

October 29th, 2019


Magda and André Trocmé immersed themselves in struggles against militarism and fascism throughout the 1930’s, but chance brought them to the village of Le Chambon — a place steeped in its own history of resistance. …

Part 4: She loved me enough to let me go

November 5th, 2019


Who were the refugees that came be sheltered in Le Chambon and its surrounding communities, and how did they get there? Hear from a few of the people who managed to escape persecution and imprisonment to arrive in a …

Part 5: Are you hiding any Jews?

November 12th, 2019


As Le Chambon’s refugee population increased, so too did unsettling visits to the community by Vichy police. Meanwhile, raids and roundups were …

Part 6: That’s it, I’m under arrest!

November 19th, 2019


For the first couple years of the war, Le Chambon was able to protect itself and the refugees it was sheltering from roundups and other reprisals. But in 1943, the dangerous work of resisting Nazism finally caught up …

Part 7: These coming tests will tell us who we are

November 26th, 2019


As Germany began to lose the war, France’s armed resistance movement swelled in ranks, threatening not just the Nazis but also the nonviolent spirit …

Part 8: Why didn’t you destroy us?

December 3rd, 2019


As the war came to an end, André Trocmé took on the unpopular task of ministering to German POW soldiers and engaging in reconciliation efforts to …

Part 9: I cannot accept such an award

December 10th, 2019


After the war, the Trocmés wrote and spoke about the rescue operation in Le Chambon often, yet the tale eluded widespread attention for decades. This …

Part 10: The key is never to turn away

December 17th, 2019


Armies may have ultimately defeated Hitler, but nonviolent rescuers, like those in Le Chambon, were often the only people to effectively resist the …

BONUS: The only way out of Libya is by sea

March 5th, 2020


While governments fail to meet basic humanitarian requirements, rescue organizations like Sea-Watch are taking life-saving action on the frontlines of the European migrant crisis.

BONUS: 'The Plague' and the plateau

April 14th, 2020


Influenced by the nonviolent resistance and rescue Camus witnessed during World War II, "The Plague" insists that solidarity, compassion and saving …

BONUS: The plateau continues to welcome refugees

May 15th, 2020


Wanting to study a place that specialized in peace, anthropologist Maggie Paxson came to Le Chambon — only to discover that its good deeds aren't …

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