Emmaüs et l'abbé Pierre
Emmaüs and Abbé Pierre
Abbé Pierre brought a revolution to the doors of injustice and instability, rallying the perfect mix of piety and criticism of the church, and a constant oscillation between traditional charity work and political action. What role did he play at the heart of the Emmaus movement? How did this small organization of scavengers, founded in the post World War II Paris slums, become one of the largest French NGO's? For the reader, this book opens the doors of the Emmaus movement, an extraordinary development in contemporary humanitarianism and an important page in French social history which the author allows us to explore through two inseparable stories: those of Emmaus and Abbé Pierre.
Axelle Brodiez-Dolino, scholar at the Ecole Normale Supérieure and Doctor of History, is a Historian at the Laboratoire de recherche historique Rhône-Alpes (Larhra), CNRS. Her last work, French Popular Aid, 1945-2000: from Communism to Humanitarianism, was released at Sciences Po Press in 2006.