Relief Work as Pilgrimage: "Mademoiselle Miss Elsie" in Southern France, 1945-1948 (Hardback)
  • Relief Work as Pilgrimage: "Mademoiselle Miss Elsie" in Southern France, 1945-1948 (Hardback)
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Relief Work as Pilgrimage: "Mademoiselle Miss Elsie" in Southern France, 1945-1948 (Hardback)

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Hardback 208 Pages / Published: 20/08/2015
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In 1945, Elsie C. Bechtel left her Ohio home for the tiny French commune of Lavercantiere, where for nearly three years she cared for children displaced by the ravages of war. This book, based her diary, oral testimony, and archival research, draws on these various contexts to establish the complexity and significance of pilgrimage and humanitarian service as intercultural exchanges.

Publisher: Lexington Books
ISBN: 9781498508100
Number of pages: 208
Weight: 449 g
Dimensions: 236 x 161 x 22 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
From the time I began reading until I reached the end, I was mesmerized by this sacred journey back in time through the eyes of Elsie Bechtel. Equally impressive is the gaze of M. J. and Nancy Heisey on Miss Elsie's writings and the time period in which she lived and worked. Their care for Elsie and for the history in this space and time is palpable. -- Violet Dutcher, Eastern Mennonite University
Combined with her letters and photographs home, the Heiseys' extensive scholarship offers readers a rare glimpse into daily realities of an American woman's experience as a relief worker. What emerges is a very human, well-rounded portrait of the inner life of a volunteer. We sense Elsie finds strength to overcome hardships through the heritage of her genuine faith, her determined efforts to learn French, and growing friendships with a few of her co-workers who share a common mission nurturing troubled children. Relief Work as Pilgrimage left me with the desire to have met and known this remarkable, adventuresome woman! -- Linda L. Hunt, Co-founder of the Krista Foundation for Global Citizenship

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