Books: Good Neighbors

Good Neighbors LEST INNOCENT BLOOD BE SHED by Philip Hallie Harper & Row; 304pages; $12.95

Le Chambon is a Protestant village in the Cévennes mountains. Even in France, few have heard of it. The ignorance is not surprising; goodness is not the sort of thing that arouses historians.

The manifestation came during the years of the Holocaust. The people of Le Chambon, by stealth and stubbornness, without violence, at mortal risk, turned their town into a sanctuary for Jewish refugees. They did it, moreover, under the nervous gaze of the Vichy government and in...

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