- Paperback: 270 pages
- Publisher: Herald Press (June 13, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1513801252
- ISBN-13: 978-1513801254
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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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"The story of the Trocmes has given me much courage. Their example and story is for such as time as now."--Vickie Reddy"founder of We Welcome Refugees and executive producer of The Justice Conference" (03/31/2017)
"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"U.S. director of church mobilization for World Relief" (03/31/2017)
"A beautiful narrative of redemption and mercy in the midst of occupied France under the Nazi regime."--Mae Elise Cannon"author of Social Justice Handbook and Just Spirituality" (03/31/2017)
"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"coauthor of Overplayed and author of Small Things with Great Love" (03/31/2017)
"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"head of communications for the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network" (03/31/2017)
"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"executive director of Mennonite Central Committee Canada" (03/31/2017)
"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"founding member of Build a Village" (03/31/2017)
"The heartwarming and inspiring story of a courageous Christian couple who followed the nonviolent way of Jesus in a challenging time."--Albert J Meyer"former Mennonite Central Committee director in France" (03/31/2017)
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.
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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.
Summary: 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.
I assume since it is stated in the summary the story provides "striking resonance for today" means the message to take away is how similar we're treating current refugees in 2017 to how the Jewish were treated during WWII. We see the example of Magda and Andre who despite the risk of their safety was determined to act on what they thought was their religious duties and provide shelter and safety to those who had nowhere else to go. They didn't compromise their own religious convictions in the wake of many challenges despite the tough questions they had to ask including, "when is deception okay?" The task of weaving the story in with a message to continue in a modern day context is mostly in the introduction of the book.
Vicki Reddy, founder of We Welcome Refugees and executive producer of The JUSTICE Conference, writes of how she connected to Love In a Time of Hate to the current refugee crisis, "I keep asking: Where is the church right now? Where are the followers of Jesus? What are doing in response to the greatest humantarian crisis of our time?"
There are obvious accounts of what happened to directly show all the dynamics to stir the audience in what they see today too in the book. While I find it compelling, inspiring, and a scary tale of what we see occurring in society today, I also hesitate to ever use someone else's story to make a point they can't directly speak on now. We can assume with almost 100% certainty Andrea and Magda would have responded the same to the refugee crisis of now, but we don't need to make that statement because we can see it in their actions.
As easily as we can interpret Magda and Andre's story of one about love and peace found through their belief in Christ, someone can just as easily argue their positions for war and nationalism drawing from the Bible. I would know since I've had the arguments defending refugees against those citing the Bible as reasons we shouldn't. How do you respond to people of the same religion who oppose how you identify with Christ when they are spending hours in churches trying to understand and sympathize with the atrocities of King David, a man even described as being after God's own heart, in the Old Testament as a powerful military leader who made some "mistakes" in war? I've even had people cite Jesus himself as a reason you bear arms by taking just taking a chunk of the context in Luke 22. Then Exodus 22 reads a lot like the "Stand Your Ground" laws in states like Florida or Oklahoma. It wasn't for lack of reasons based in the Bible that people scoffed at Andre choosing to be a pacifist in the reformed church during his era, though I find it an admirable quality about Andre.
The story of Andre and Magda themselves is inspiring as it is, and I would have loved had the book dedicated more time to the Trocme's time in Le Chambon. Almost 150 pages discuss Andre and Magda's childhood, their meeting in the U.S., and they eventual landing in Le Chambon, but only a little over 100 pages discuss their life hiding Jewish refugees in the village. I never could get the whole grasp of their sacrifice because it was all so brief, especially the part where Daniel Trocme was taken by Nazis with the children he housed to a concentration camp, where he eventually died. Plus, Andre and Magda weren't only inspired and in the company of Christians, which showed a unity far beyond what could be captured in the book. Daniel was nonreligious and made that sacrifice, the Trocme's still let children at the school they founded practice their Jewish rituals, and the Trocme's were admirers of Gandhi. They had even planned a honeymoon trip they couldn't make to see Gandhi in India. I would have loved to have seen more of the letters from Andre and Magda to read more of their philosophy and what drew in particular to the Gospels?
Andre and Magda do have a timeless, heroic story. Even if we eventually mature as people regarding the current refugee crisis, and rise up to the do the right thing we will be using this story again and again because war will inevitably continue to cast citizens to the side. Stories like Andre and Magda's don't need my added commentary to know what the right thing would have been to do then and now. They already show it through their actions. We hopefully will always find it in ourselves to do the right thing when helping others and put our own fears aside to do so, especially when we've never known fear like people pushed out of their homes and across the sea only knowing that floating into the unknown is better than the home you've always known.
This book was provided by Herald Press in exchange for a review.
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