Franck Riester, Minister of Culture, has just deposited with the European Commission, on 26 February, the proposal to label the place of Mémoire in Chambon-sur-Lignon as a European heritage site.

A unique site dedicated to the Righteous:

Between 1939 and 1944 the Chambon-sur-Lignon (Haute-Loire) and the surrounding villages welcomed refugees from all over Europe. This territory has the particularity of being at the same time an isolated territory while being connected to the rest of Europe thanks to the personalities coming from Switzerland, Italy, Germany gathered around an ideal of non-violence and peace.

Located in a part of the school and in a house, this emblematic place is dedicated to the history of the Just and resistance to anti-Semitism during the Second World War.

The memorial is particularly aimed at young people and combines the memorial dimension with a mission of artistic and cultural education understood as transmission of civic values, both local and European.

A European reach:

The presence of the École Nouvelle Cévenole opened in 1938 to offer education to young Europeans was to become a place of European opening by welcoming in particular young Hungarians fleeing the Iron Curtain in 1956.

The application for the European Heritage Label is a way of recalling the importance of the commitment of the just throughout Europe and an indispensable message for Europeans today, especially young people.