How did the Jewish Population survived in the Cevennes Mountains (1940-1944)?
Historical versus Ethnological Perspectives.

The paper gives an overview of the ways that more than 1000 Jewish refugees in the Cevennes Mountains survived during the Second World War. It highlights how the victims played an active role in pursuing everyday life.

In particular, they worked to blend into their environment to avoid being conspicuous. The refugees survived thanks to the region's inhabitants who protected them and the efficiency of the Protestant ministers-network. Another factor was the refugees’ ability to adjust to an unknown world, adopting its rules of behavior and its ways of living. This enabled them to interact with the native population.

The ability to reshape one’s identity and transform oneself appears to me deeply rooted in the foundations of the Jewish world.