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Liberation Reunion and Journées Mémoires du Plateau
in Chambon-sur-Lignon (June 2004)

The Chambon Foundation was proud to be associated with the village of Le Chambon-sur-Lignon in hosting our June 11-13 “Liberation Reunion,” following the 60th anniversary of D-Day.  In France, our event was primarily known, untranslatably, as the Journées Mémoires du Plateau (or JMP).



Pierre Sauvage (center, speaking) and Mayor Francis Valla were among those who addressed the gathering

For those of us who had the good fortune to survive in the area of Le Chambon during World War II, this was the first reunion since 1986.  It was about time!  There were over a hundred of us, and some of us came with children and grand-children.  Along with other visitors and local participants, several hundred of us exchanged memories,


There were also opportunities to visit two locations that could play important roles in the future memory of Le Chambon. In the very heart of the village, Chambon Foundation/Amis du Chambon  headquarters at the carrefour (the crossroads) continues to host a temporary exhibit on the war years in the area, and inaugurated an exhibit this summer of Le Chambon-related paintings by Hans Beutler, a former rescue worked in the village.  Just two minutes down the street is the uniquely suited old farmhouse which could be turned into the Chambon Museum and a centerpiece for an area-wide museum complex.  The village's historic railroad station is also being renovated this summer, and will now include a small exhibit center.


Le Chambon-sur-Lignon JMP04: railroad station / gare  Expo du Carrefour
Le Chambon-sur-Lignon, with farmhouse in foreground that could become Chambon Museum; renovated Le Chambon railroad station;

local headquarters of Chambon Foundation in the heart of the village


Prior to the event, we expressed the hope that the event would be the occasion for some relaxed meals together and with the local population, a pleasant stroll or two, some new memories for the future, and the discovery or rediscovery of a very special corner of the world.  The happy consensus was the gathering was all this and more.


“The memory of the righteous shall be in everlasting remembrance,” we are admonished.  If ever we needed the memory of Le Chambon, is it not now?

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