The entrance to the Protestant church in Le Chambon-sur-Lignon, France, which translates to “Love One Another.” The villagers of Le Chambon-sur-Lignon and the eleven surrounding towns of the Plateau Vivarais-Lignon, largely devout Protestants, saved approximately 3,500 Jews during the Holocaust. Photo by the author.

Rockville, Maryland. On Saturday, October 27, my wife and I returned home from Shabbat services at a local synagogue here in Rockville only to discover the terrorist attack that took place in Pittsburgh. My first thought went to my former cantor who is now a rabbi in Pittsburgh. Luckily he works at a different synagogue.

My next thought went to how we got to this moment and how that week — including the attempted bombings of political opponents, using the president’s own quote to justify the inappropriate touching of another person on a plane, and killings in a grocery store…

Paul Kutner

Paul Kutner, a graduate of the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, is a language teacher. He conducts research on Holocaust survivors and rescuers.

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