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One of the most eminent of Trocmes moral stances was on non-violence Shaped by a violent past and deep faith Trocmes message of passivity required respect for humanity trust in God and an unending desire to forgive Trocmes primary influence in making this stance was a chance encounter with a German soldier who was a conscientious objector in the First World War Hallie 58 Also crucial in his position was his deep faith in God The German soldier appealed to a young Trocmes faith and his fears of a nonviolent position when he said that men cannot hurt those who have put all their confidence in God 59 Trocme was obviously affected by this meeting and when he was sent as a young soldier to Morocco he carried no weapon or ammunition 2 Although his stance was clear the manner by which he executed his stance had yet to develop fully Trocmes lieutenant explained to him how his lack of arms put the others in his company in danger Trocme then realized that non violence could in fact increase violence if it was not chosen in the right way at the right time 93 Trocmes passive position thought The Second World War required a myriad of extraordinary talents that enabled he and the other Chambonnais to remain devoted to the preservation of all life despite great adversity Key to this lifestyle was forgiveness Trocme demonstrated his capacity for forgiveness at a very early age Even immediately following his beloved mothers death he forgave his father who brought about her demise Andre Trocme firmly believed that his father was morally responsible for her death in effect he had killed her as far as the son was concerned But the son still loved the father and hugged him and forgave him when he cried 53 Another valuable asset to the objectors was complete faith With absolute trust in God they had a more stable foundation than that
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