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June 2017

Exhibition in Maine: Heroism in Unjust Times: Rescuers During the Holocaust

May 3-August 11, 2017
Holocaust and Human Rights Center of Maine,
46 University Drive
Augusta, ME 04330 United States
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The Holocaust and Human Rights Center of Maine presents an exhibition about Sousa Mendes, Schindler, Wallenberg and other rescuers. On view are original passports with Sousa Mendes visas and other important artifacts.

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Trip: Journey on the Road to Freedom

June 24-July 4, 2017

June 24-July 4, 2017

Retrace the footsteps of Aristides de Sousa Mendes and the refugees of 1940 on this 11-day, 10-night guided trip of a lifetime, beginning in Bordeaux and ending in Lisbon. In between, visit sites germane to the dramatic and moving story, including Bayonne, Hendaye, Vilar Formoso, Cabanas de Viriato, and Porto. Optional pre-tour and post-tour extensions.  Travel in a comfortable air-conditioned coach bus and enjoy regional cuisine.  Accommodations are all full-service luxury 5-star or 4-star hotels.  Space is limited, with priority given to visa recipients, descendants of visa recipients, and Holocaust educators.

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July 2017

Film screening in Florida

July 23 - July 28
IAJGS Conference,
Orlando, FL United States
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The International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies presents a screening of Disobedience: The Sousa Mendes Story.  Introducing the film and leading a Q&A is Robert Jacobvitz, Chair of the Sousa Mendes Foundation’s Advisory Council.

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September 2017

Conference: Refugees, Statelessness, Migration, and the Work of the Joint”

September 10 @ 8:00 am - September 11 @ 5:00 pm
Center for Jewish History,
15 W 16th Street
New York, NY 10011 United States
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Joan Halperin and Diana Cooper-Clark will speak about Polish refugees who escaped Nazi-occupied Europe via Portugal, many with visas from Aristides de Sousa Mendes, and found refuge on the island of Jamaica.  The talk is part of a two-day conference organized by the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee.

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European Parliament Pays Tribute to Sousa Mendes

September 27
European Parliament,
Brussels, Belgium
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The European Parliament, together with the Sousa Mendes Foundation, is planning a major event honoring Aristides de Sousa Mendes to be held in Brussels, Belgium on Wednesday, September 27, 2017.  The event will feature a symposium, a film screening, and an exhibition.

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October 2017

Lecture: “Unknown Heroes of the Holocaust: Sousa Mendes and Sugihara”

October 22 @ 1:30 am - 3:30 pm
Venue tba,
Philadelphia PA, PA United States

The Jewish Genealogical Society of Philadelphia presents a program on the Holocaust rescuers Aristides de Sousa Mendes and Chiune Sugihara.  Monique Rubens Krohn, Board Member of the Sousa Mendes Foundation, will speak about Sousa Mendes.

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Gala event: “A Toast to Freedom!”

October 29 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Museum of Jewish Heritage,
36 Battery Place
New York, NY United States
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Come join us at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in a beautiful setting next to the Statue of Liberty for a gala luncheon — “A Toast to Freedom!” — to benefit the Sousa Mendes Foundation. The Master of Ceremonies is actor Michel Gill (“House of Cards”), the son and grandson of Sousa Mendes visa recipients. Honoring Congressman Jerry Nadler among others. Live musical performance of highlights from “Circular 14: The Apotheosis of Aristides” with tenor Benjamin Sloman as Aristides de Sousa Mendes, Michel Gill narrating as his twin brother César, soprano Marina Harris as Angelina de Sousa Mendes, tenor Gilad Paz as Salazar, Pedro da Silva on Portuguese guitar, and the composer Neely Bruce at the piano. Flowers provided by Amy’s Greenhouse.

Gala committee:

Leah Sills, Chair

Joan Halperin

Robert Jacobvitz

Monique Rubens Krohn

Olivia Mattis

Andrea Pagano

Dan Subotnik


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November 2017

Film screening in Stamford, CT

November 12 @ 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
The State Cinema,
990 Hope Street
Stamford, CT United States
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The film Disobedience: The Sousa Mendes Story returns to the historic State Cinema in Stamford, CT in a joint program of the Jewish Arts & Film Festival of Fairfield County and the Jewish Historical Society of Fairfield County.  Discussion following the film will be led by a representative of the Sousa Mendes Foundation.

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