The National Archives of Luxembourg presents a large and comprehensive exhibition: Aristides de Sousa Mendes : un consul portugais entre la conscience humaine et la raison d’Etat. The Sousa Mendes Foundation has contributed objects, photographs and testimonials to the project. Other lenders include the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Lisbon, Portugal and the Sousa Mendes family. The exhibition is presented on the occasion of Luxembourg assuming the presidency of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA).
One of the families saved by Aristides de Sousa Mendes in 1940 is the Grand Ducal Family of Luxembourg (pictured above), headed at the time by Grand Duchess Charlotte. She wrote of Sousa Mendes:
“His merits, in a time of tragedy and panic, will always be remembered by the Luxembourg refugees, many of them of Jewish faith, by the members of the Luxembourg Government and by my own family, who were saved by his initiative from certain persecution and thus enabled to reach the free countries.”
The exhibition will be held at the National Archives of Luxembourg, Plateau du Saint-Esprit, Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Saturday 8:30-11:30 a.m., from November 28, 2019 until February 22, 2020. It is free and open to the public. Free guided tours are available by reservation at email@example.com.