Kantor Center for the Study of Contemporary European Jewry

A Colloquium On Intellectuals and Writers Saved by Chambon-sur-Lignon, A Just Among The Nations

Monday, 29 October, 2018

The Kantor Center is happy and proud to invite the public to a Colloquium on the intellectuals and writers saved by Chambon-sur-Lignon, a Just Among the Nations. The gathering will take place on next Monday October 29, at the Jaglom Hall of the Tel Aviv University campus.

The event is sponsored by the French and Francophones Friends of the Tel Aviv University. The organizative committee includes Prof. Ruth Amossy, Prof. François Heilbronn, Prof. Nathalie Heinich and Prof. Dina Porat, Head of the Kantor Center.

To open the workday, the public will hear greetings by Prof. Joseph Klafter, President de Tel Aviv University, by Her Excellency Ambassador of France to Israel, Madame Hélène Le Gal, by Mr. Emmanuel Halperin, General Commissioner of the France-Israel Culture Season, as well as by Mme. Wauquier-Motte, Mayor of Chambon-sur-Lignon.

This study day is a tribute to Chambon-sur-Lignon, a town with a Protestant majority, inhabited by 3000 people in the French Department of Haute-Loire. People in Chambon-sur-Lignon gave massive shelter to Jews during WWII, and have therefore been granted exceptionally the Honorable Diploma of "Just Among The Nations" on a collective basis, as instituted by Yad Vashem. During the war, within the radius of ten kilometers around the town, a sizable group of high-level Jewish intellectuals continued to live and to work in Chambon. The colloquium aims to present these great intellectuals, whose trace was felt on the culture of the whole 20th. Century.

Entrance is free, but inscription is mandatory at: tlvuniversite@gmail.com. The sessions will be conducted in French and in Hebrew, with simultaneous translation.

Th"e full program of the colloquium and work day can be read on-line or downloaded by pressing on the following links: in French and in Hebrew.

 "Chambon-sur-Lignon, land of the Just"