American Friends of
Collège Cévenol
Link: The Chambon Foundation

Pierre Sauvage, creator of one of the best known films of the story of Le Chambon-sur-Lignon during WW2 ("Weapons of the Spirit"), has established this site to further explore the necessary and challenging lessons of hope intertwined with the Holocaust's unavoidable lessons of despair.  Included on this site is a well researched videography of the story of Le Chambon as well as upcoming viewings of Pierre's related works.

Link: AFCC International Work Study Camp Page on Facebook

This newly created page serves as our primary camper and alumni page.

Click on the link above to share thoughts, stories, meet camp alumni, and view and share photos from the various camps over the past 60 years.

Link: Wikipedia College Cevenol Page
A comprehensive summary of the College Cevenol, its rich history, and related satellite organizations and links. 

Link: Comprehensive Bibliography of the College Cevenol

A complete and comprehensive bibliography on the College Cevenol.  Download this PDF file to view references of everything that's ever been put into print (to our knowledge) about le College. 

Our thanks to Philip Barnard for assembling this list. 

Link: College Cevenol Website
The College Cevenol primary website.  Click on the title above to learn more about the school, its rich history, and general enrollment and contact information for attending during the school year.

Link: College Cevenol Alumni Website
Laurent Pasteur, the president of the College Cevenol alumni association initiated this site originally for the 70th-anniversary last year.  It has since become a general bulletin board and site de rencontre for anciens from the entire history of the school.  We learn on this site that the great Delphine Seyrig (Last Year at Marienbad, Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie, Stolen Kisses, etc.) went to the Collège in the late 1940s (this was while Paul Ricoeur was teaching philosophy), and that Jane Birkin sent her daughter Kate Barry there in the early 80s, and so on. Who knew so many jet-setters were there... Laurent is putting up the old student "annuaires" for as many years as they can find, collecting old photos, and generally providing a central clearing house for information from anciens. 

Link: Video History on le Chambon and the resistance in the 1940's
An 11-minute YouTube student report on Chambon and resistance in the 1940s.  Lots of interesting footage.

Link: France 3 story on the Cévenol 70th Anniversary
Here's a recent France3 story on the Cévenol 70th Anniversary.  On the left-hand side of the page is the brief summary with a 60s-vintage photo of the refectoire, etc., and on the right you can click on the short TV report, which has recent footage and a brief moment of interview footage with Fabien Larroque.

Link: AFCC Page on Facebook

Click on the title above to view the AFCC's primary page on Facebook.

Link: Work Camp Alumni Facebook Page
  View our camp alumni page on Facebook.

Link: President Barack Obama Cites Le Chambon during Holocaust Speech

President Obama referenced the small town of Le Chambon-sur-Lignon during the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum's Annual 2009 "Days of Remembrance" Yom Hashoah ceremony (held in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda) on April 23rd, 2009.  During the speech he cites the good deeds done by the villagers of le Chambon sur Lignon, France, who collectively saved 5,000 souls from perishing by providing sanctuary to Jews fleeing from the Nazi's in wartime France.

"Not a single jew seeking help in Le Chambon-sur-Lignon was turned away or turned in by the local villagers.  But it was not until decades later that the villagers spoke of what they had done -- and even then, only reluctantly.  How can you call us good...we were doing what had to be done?"

Click on the title link to view President Obama's speech.

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