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The Plateau

by Maggie Paxson

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The Plateau by Maggie Paxson
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    Aug 2019, 368 pages

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An intriguing glimpse into the everyday heroism of a remote French village and a former anthropologist's own quest for goodness, The Plateau provides ample food for thought, but is best read with a critical eye.

Why did the inhabitants of a particular French village offer safe harbor to Jewish people and other vulnerable populations during World War II? Why might certain communities or individuals be disposed to risk their own lives for the sake of helping those in need?

These questions serve as the intriguing catalyst for Maggie Paxson's The Plateau, in which Paxson, a self-described "lapsed anthropologist," recounts how she became tired of encountering stories of violence in her work and set out to study the conditions that create and foster peace.

With this goal in mind, Paxson was inspired to investigate a story from her own family history—that of the Trocmés. Daniel, André and Magda Trocmé, relatives of Paxson's, played instrumental roles in WWII rescue and refuge efforts in Le Chambon-sur-Lignon, a village located on the Vivarais Plateau of south-central France. ...

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