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Love in a Time of Hate: The Story of Magda and Andre Trocme and the Village That Said No to the Nazis Paperback – June 13, 2017
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Love in a Time of Hate tells the gripping tale of Magda and AndrE TrocmE, the couple that transformed a small town in the mountains of southern France into a place of safety during the Holocaust. At great risk to their own lives, the TrocmEs led efforts in Le Chambon-sur-Lignon to hide more than three thousand Jewish children and adults who were fleeing the Nazis. In this astonishing story of courage, romance, and resistance, learn what prompted AndrE and Magda to risk everything for the sake of strangers who showed up at their door. Building on the story told in Lest Innocent Blood Be Shed, German journalist Hanna Schott portrays a vivid story of resisting evil and sheltering refugees with striking resonance for today.
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"A poignant message in our day and for our world: love must live and thrive in us in response to fear, division, and hatred."--Donald Peters "Reviews"
"As the world confronts one of the greatest refugee crises in recorded history, this powerful true story could not be more timely or relevant."--Matthew Soerens "Reviews"
"Imagine if we, like the residents of the village of Le Chambon, responded to hate with love--offering our homes, churches, and countries as the places of refuge that are so desperately needed today."--Ray Loewen "Reviews"
"Love in a Time of Hate quickens our holy imagination to see what is possible in this day at this time. . . . A gift to the church."--Margot Starbuck "Reviews"
"The heartwarming and inspiring story of a courageous Christian couple who followed the nonviolent way of Jesus in a challenging time."--Albert J Meyer "Reviews"
"The story of the Trocmés has given me much courage. Their example and story is for such as time as now."--Vickie Reddy "Reviews"
"This story's main takeaway is timeless. Moral, nonviolent resistance is needed now more than ever before. Relevant at home and in the halls of power, this book calls on all modern-day Magdas to answer the door and act."--Michael Shank "Reviews"
About the Author
Hanna Schott is a German journalist, writer, and editor who has studied literature, theology, musicology, and language.
John D. Roth is a professor of history at Goshen College, where he also serves as director of the Mennonite Historical Library and editor of The Mennonite Quarterly Review. He has edited and authored several books, including Beliefs: Mennonite Faith and Practice, Stories: How Mennonites Came to Be, Practices: Mennonite Worship and Witness and Engaging Anabaptism: Conversations with a Radical Tradition.
- Publisher : Herald Press (June 13, 2017)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 270 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1513801252
- ISBN-13 : 978-1513801254
- Item Weight : 11.2 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.4 x 0.9 x 8.4 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,600,950 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The second portion of the biography was most interesting to me. It just seemed to get better as I turned the pages. I enjoyed learning of these wondrous people of faith who were willing to go beyond self and serve their God in the way of His leadership. They didn't follow what others were doing. They weren't so much political. But what they lived was a transparent life not separate from their faith. Their faith was a the very foundation of every choice they made. They reached into the hearts of so many just by loving them. But what I love is that they loved until it hurt. That's something that isn't easy to do. We love with our mouths, but when we truly put love into action it becomes something with possibility and hope that is far beyond our own strength and power. This is what I can take away from the Trocme family.
I would have enjoyed reading more of their own actual words. Those are the parts of this biography that truly stick with me. The author asks questions of her own and we see much of her own thoughts to what those answers would/could be. Also, here's where it gets a bit sticky for me. Vickie Reddy, Founder of We Welcome Refugees, wrote the forward. It was a lovely piece, but it was very personal of her own ideals. I related her words to what the Trocme's would have done with the refugees of today. That isn't something she could possibly answer. How the Trocme family lived was in the leadership of God for them at the moment. Today's issues like in the U.S. with the incoming of refugees or building a wall is something very different and an issue that is unlike what the Trocme family faced. I could have possibly taken her words differently than she intended, but the wording she uses is well, pretty forward. (No pun intended).
I too enjoyed the photos of this family. They are rich in how they give way to the love of these people. They lived their lives not according to how a world reacted or what a world expected. They lived in a way that touching just one life was worth it all. They opened their lives to those hiding from death.
I loved turning to the last pages and seeing their legacy alive in our world today. Many organizations started by them are still in progress today. That is just amazing!! The author also shares what happened to those in this biography, like family and friends. Their children went on to live in other areas, some in the U.S. today. Each of them continue to live a legacy started so long ago that blossomed in the hearts of those willing to not just speak about mercy, but chose to live it out as they reached into the heart of man.
This book was a gift from Herald Press for sharing my review with you.
By Hanna Schott
Translated by John D. Roth
The Story of Magda and André Trocmé
and the Village That Said No
to the Nazis
Love in a Time of Hate is a lovely and moving story in a time when fear and self-preservation were the reigning thought patterns or so it seemed. This is a story that proves this was not true throughout Nazi-occupied France.
The Prologue opens in 1940 with Magda opening the door when the doorbell rang - this scene brought to mind the picture of Jesus standing at the door knocking. And this scene is but a fleeting glimpse of the work that the Trocmé's did that was a living example of "...whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me." (Matthew 21:40)
This book is broken into parts that share the life story of Magda and André during their childhoods and the familial influences that shaped them into the people that they became. Into people who would take a stand to do what was right at the risk of their own lives and freedom. Into people who tried to live life in such a way so as to not be in conflict with the message that they had to share - a message of love to all during a time of hate and prejudice. To turn the other cheek was not just a statement to speak but a way of life in their commitment to live the peace that Jesus exemplified with His own life.
Love in a Time of Hate should be an example all should take to heart in this time in our own history, which is becoming equally turbulent and hateful. The historical aspects of this book recommend it in and of themselves. But the human equation adds a depth that many history books lack. This would be a welcome addition to any library and be an excellent choice for a book report.
I was provided a review copy of this book by the publisher Herald Press with no expectations of a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own.