Lest Innocent Blood Be Shed:
The Story of the Village of Le Chambon and How Goodness Happened There
For several years, the Lenten season at Davis Community Church has been highlighted by a book study that is participated in by DCC congregants and members of the wider Davis community. All are invited to read a selected book and then participate in small group discussions to enrich their reading. Pastors incorporate the themes of the book into their sermons. Each year, this shared experience has helped us grow individually and as a community.
This year we will be reading Lest Innocent Blood Be Shed: The Story of the Village of Le Chambon and How Goodness Happened There by Philip P. Hallie.
Synopsis: “During the most terrible years of World War II, when inhumanity and political insanity held most of the world in their grip and the Nazi domination of Europe seemed irrevocable and unchallenged, a miraculous event took place in a small Protestant town in southern France called Le Chambon. There, quietly, peacefully, and in full view of the Vichy government and a nearby division of the Nazi SS, Le Chambon’s villagers and their clergy organized to save thousands of Jewish children and adults from certain death.”