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Center for Holocaust & Genocide Studies


Postcards from Le Chambon

Le Chambon-sur-Lignon Steam locomotive

Le Chambon-sur-Lignon Steam locomotive, for tourists, Velay-Vivarais

steam locomotive

Steam locomotive Velay-Vivarais, "La Galoche"

church interior

Le Chambon-sur-Lignon. Interior of the Church of Notre Damne, XIIth-XVIIth Century

temple interior

Le Chambon-sur-Lignon. Interior of the Temple


Le Chambon-sur-Lignon. The Temple (Huguenot)


Le Chambon-sur-Lignon. Views of the town


Le Chambon-sur-Lignon, The Temple

views of town

Velay-Le Chambon-sur-Lignon. Huguenot town (Haute Loire). The town. The Cevenol College, Golf, the Temple.


The Jews who found refuge in Le Chambon-sur-Lignon remember....

Text of the plaque reads: "The memory of the just will always be remembered. Psalm CXII.6 (112.5).

Alternate translation: "For the righteous will never be moved; they will be remembered for ever."

"Hommage to the Protestant community of this Cevennes earth, and to all of those who followed its example, for believers and non-believers, who during the war, 1939-1945, formed a bloc against the Nazi crimes. The did, on peril of their lives under the occupation concealed and protected, saved by the thousands all of the persecuted.

The Jewish refugees of Chambon-sur-Lignon and in the nearby communities.

street in village

Le Chambon de-Tence. One street in the Village, cica 1920s.


Le Chambon-sur-Lignon. The houses of the Marguerites and the Eyres

forester house

Le Chambon-sur-Lignon. The Forester House

les lisieux

Les Lisieux. Alt. 1500 meters

children's home

Le Chambon-sur-Lignon. Les Heures-Claires at 1000 meters. Children's home open all year.

rue de la poste

Le Chambon-sur-Lignon, Rue de la Poste.

l'hotel menut

Le Chambon-sur-Lignon, La Place, l'Hotel Menut and the route of Tence.