Roger Darcissac France
Le Chambon-sur-Lignon, France… 1942 – When Serge Sobelman, a 13-year-old Jewish boy living in Le Chambon-sur-Lignon, applied for admission to a public school in the village under an assumed name, Roger Darcissac, the principal of the school, realized immediately that Serge was Jewish. Roger enrolled Serge in the school despite the fact that Jewish students were not allowed to attend the school. Serge was not the only Jewish student attending the school; like everyone in Le Chambon-sur-Lignon, Roger acted as if there were no Jews in the town, which made it easier for the townspeople to carry our their rescue efforts.
Eventually, Roger was detained and interrogated by the French police. However, he never revealed that Jewish students were attending his school. After the police released him, Roger continued to protect the students. Serge Sobelman remained at the school until he graduated in July 1944.
Roger Darcissac was recognized by Yad Vashem, Israel’s Holocaust authority, in 1988. Roger Darcissac died June 22, 1982.