Love in a Time of Hate by author Hanna Schott is the story of Magda and André Trocmé and a quiet french village and surrounding farms that protected Jews from the Nazis in an organized passive resistance. The Trocmés lived what they believed and preached their entire lives and all over the world.
This book is intensely researched and written with skill and style. The author does herself credit with this book. She has an obvious gift for communication.
Being a reader who loves good historical books, and an avid reader of them set in the WWII years, I have read countless stories of seemingly common folk prevailing against the Nazis. They are, in fact, my favorite stories to read. This book was an intriguing read and Magda and André fascinating people. I do recommend this book for the telling of historical fact and of heroic people that shouldn’t be forgotten in my opinion.
The real-life heroes in this book, brought to life by the artful pen of the author, will keep you turning pages. The book is well-written, a history lesson without being the least bit dull.
I came to admire the people in Love in a Time of Hate and what they did and how they lived. I admired very much the writing of Hanna Schott.
I was however disturbed to read in the middle of page 166:
“Now once again people are being persecuted in the most horrific ways: hundreds of thousands of Christians, Jews, and democrats….”
That’s right. She included democrats. One of these things is not like the others…Hanna Schott may be a great author, but this word doesn’t belong here. Does she mean democrats here in the U.S.? The ones rioting and looting? Starting fires and destroying property after they lost the election? Calling for violence and all the rest? Because I can’t for the life of me figure out who else she could be referring to. I do hope she’s talking about those against socialism in other countries.
On page 171 I read a portion of the book that resonated with my heart. Read:
Whoever offers someone asylum bears the responsibility for whatever happens within that space, even if it is someone else who actually does the harm. If André and Edouard, together with everyone else ready to join in this task, were to make Le Chambon into a city of refuge, then they would have to answer to God for everything that happened there. It was their responsibility not only to do good, but also to prevent evil from happening.
This morning I watched my livestock guardian dog chase off a coyote across a neighboring pasture into the apple orchard a mile away. While the dog was busy with the decoy, another large coyote moved in sideways across the pasture on the left side towards my pasture- which is filled with helpless sheep, goats, chickens, and tasty kittens. You see, it was planned. The coyotes, actively hunting my property to feed dens of pups this time of year, tried to lure my guard away so the other could move in and make a grab. It might have worked except for my two small ankle biters: chihuahua mix dogs that put their bodies in-between the coyotes and flocks at the top of the hill and barked for all they were worth, thereby alerting me to the second coyote moving in. Brave little souls with their tiny barks. I know what they feel like. Getting my drift?
Here’s the difference between me and some people: I understand my responsibility. I am responsible for those helpless beings in my pasture. I am on alert, and have a gun, which I will use against my enemy the coyote. Do I understand the coyote may be hungry? Have pups to feed? Yes, but the coyote isn’t my charge. He may not come marauding on my land, and do violence to those dependent upon me for their safety without putting himself at great risk. Because he comes seeking to kill and destroy the innocent in my sphere.
Most people, not living in harmony with nature or agriculture any longer aren’t aware of simple things like a baiting tactic or a decoy plan used by animals in order to take territory or make a kill.
This comes into my mind immediately when I live so closely to my animals, involved in pastoral life. So, when I see a huge influx of middle eastern refugees, many, many of them men of fighting age, I can’t help wonder…are the others in the crowds the decoys? You should wonder too. It’s not immoral to care and protect your own. It’s immoral not to care for those who need your protection.
There are so many liberal christians spouting off verses from the Bible and applying them to taking personal risks and loving others. Is it truly loving to take away protection from some in order to give it to others? No, I will contend with that line of thinking as mere popular opinion and a neglect of the verses discussing taking care of the innocent, widows and orphans and especially neighbors which may be any of those, who we are called to love.