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February 12, 2021

Jewish man leaves $2M to French mountain town that hid him from Nazis

By Philissa Cramer

(JTA) — A man who died in December reportedly left a significant gift for the French town that shielded his family and thousands of others from the Nazis during World War II.

Eric Schwam, who died at 90 on Dec. 25, 2020, willed his estate to Le Chambon-sur-Lignon, the mountain town where his Jewish family hid for two years, according to CNN.

Le Chambon-sur-Lignon in France is one of only two locales honored collectively by Israel’s Yad Vashem Holocaust museum for rescuing Jews. (The other is Nieuwla...

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