The Kupferberg Holocaust Center
Queensborough Community College | CUNY
222-05 56th Avenue
Bayside, NY 11364
Holocaust Rescue and Resistance in a French Village
From 1939 to 1945, the villagers of the Plateau Vivarais-Lignon, France, hid, protected, and ultimately rescued thousands of Jews from the Nazis at great peril to their own lives. Their nearly unparalleled actions during the Holocaust are part of this community’s long history of taking in persecuted outsiders of diverse backgrounds. Anthropologist Dr. Margaret Paxson will discuss her nearly completed book on how this community handled the shelter of outsiders.
Dr. Margaret Paxson is an anthropologist and author of The Plateau: Vivarais-Lignon and the Search for Our Better Angels, forthcoming at Riverhead Books. Her essays have appeared in the Washington Post, the Washington Post Magazine, Aeon, the Wilson Quarterly, and die Zeit, and her last book, Solvyovo: The Story of Memory in a Russian Village (2005), was named a 2006 “Book of the Year” by Salon.com. She has appeared on BBC Radio, Dialog television, and other broadcast media. Dr. Paxson holds a BA in anthropology from McGill University and an MA and PhD in anthropology from the University of Montreal. She has held research appointments at the United State Holocaust Memorial Museum and George Washington University. A native of Rochester, New York, Dr. Paxson has had a lifelong interest in community-building and peacebuilding, and was a coordinator for Rochester’s Biracial Partnerships, an innovative program that sought to build lasting bridges between the city’s racial communities. She is fluent in Russian and French and also has skills in Kabardian, a language of Russia’s North Caucasus region.
This event is made possible by the Campus Outreach Lecture Program of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum's Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, supported by the Leonard and Sophie Davis Fund.
Dr. Kierra Crago-Schneider
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