The Holocaust and Human Rights Center of Maine pays tribute to Aristides de Sousa Mendes with a screen of the award-winning docudrama, Disobedience: The Sousa Mendes Story on the occasion of Yom Hashoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day. The screening will take place at the Michael Klahr Center. Refreshments will be served.Event Website
The Holocaust and Human Rights Center of Maine will feature an exhibition about Sousa Mendes and other rescuers, “Heroism in Unjust Times: Rescuers During the Holocaust,” will open on May 3, 2017. It will be on view until August 11th.Event Website
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.Event Website
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.
Date and time tbd.Event Website
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.Event Website
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.Event Website
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.
Leah Sills, Chair
Monique Rubens Krohn