As a journalist first getting interested in social movements over a decade ago, I came across a story that convinced me of the power ordinary people possess when they organize. It was the little-known story of a small French community that openly resisted the Nazis and saved thousands of refugees. The fact that they were able to do this without resorting to violence was something I never forgot, and it was a great inspiration to me, particularly as I went on to co-found the independent, nonprofit media platform Waging Nonviolence
In 2016, amidst rising authoritarianism and another global refugee crisis, I saw an opportunity to bring new light to this overlooked story and focus on the lessons it offers today. After two years of reporting, writing and production, I released the 10-part podcast series “City of Refuge
” via Waging Nonviolence
Through original interviews with still-living community members and some of the people they saved — along with archival recordings and other historical materials — I tell the story of this remarkable resistance and rescue effort that took place in the middle of Occupied Europe. “City of Refuge” is available on most services, but is best accessed on Waging Nonviolence
, where there are transcripts, photos and other resources.