By Alex Ledsom/Forbes

The small village of Le Chambon-sur-Lignon, which sits on a remote mountain plateau in the southeast of France, has an impressive history of protecting people who are fleeing religious or political persecution.

That includes priests hiding during the French Revolution, Spanish republicans in the 1930s during the civil war, and more recently, according to The Guardian, migrants and refugees from the Middle East and Africa. They are most well known, however, for helping to protect Jewish people fleeing from the Nazis and this week, they were rewarded, when one of those, an Austrian man, left the village €2 million ($2.4 million) in his will.

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