Man leaves €2m to a French village for Hiding Family from NAZIS

Man leaves €2m to a French village for Hiding Family from NAZIS

Man leaves €2m to a French village for Hiding Family from NAZIS
Photo: The Guardian

An Austrian man gave a surprise gift amounting to €2m to a French village for offering shelter to those in need, especially for hiding his family from the Nazis during the war.

In a Guardian report, Eric Schwam, who died aged 90 on 25 December, includes his gift to his will. The money is for Le Chambon-sur-Lignon, located on a remote mountain plateau in southeast France.

The community historically has a large Protestant community known for offering shelter to those in need.

Le Chambon-sur-Lignon took care and protected 2,500 Jews during the war. The village locals were honored as “Righteous Among the Nations” by Israel’s Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial center.

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Mayor Jean-Michel Eyraud said it is a large amount of money for the village. The mayor said. Mr. Schwam asked to use the money for educational and youth initiatives, in particular scholarships.

While the official declined to reveal the amount of the gift, the predecessor told a local website that she met Mr. Schwam and his wife twice to discuss the gift, and said it was about €2m (£1.8m).

Man leaves €2m to a French village for Hiding Family from NAZIS
Photo: The Guardian

Reports said Mr. Schwam arrived in the French village in 1943; they hid in a school for the duration of the war, and remained until 1950.

Later on, he studied pharmacy and married to a Catholic woman in the region.