La France Divisée

Gérard Bollon

Portrait of Gerard Bollon

Gérard has written extensively on Protestant Resistance during World War II
H istorian, research assistant at the Collège du Chambon-sur-Lignon and secretary of the Société d’Histoire de la Montagne, Gérard Bollon has written extensively on the Protestant Church and the “plateau” Vivarais-Lignon. Under the direction of historian Pierre Bolle, Monsieur Bollon co-authored an important work on Protestant Resistance during World War II in the Cévennes region of Central France (Le Plateau Vivarais-Lignon, terre d’acceuil et de résistance 1939-1944). According to Gérard Bollon, at least fifteen Protestant pastors (including André Trocmé) were responsible for hiding Jewish refugees and opposing the Vichy government. Farmers in the area sheltered thousands of Jewish children during the war years (1939-1945) and rarely spoke of their courageous deeds.