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November 2019
free and open to the public

Sousa Mendes exhibition in Luxembourg

November 28, 2019 - February 22, 2020
Archives nationales,
Plateau du Saint-Esprit
Luxembourg, 2010 Luxembourg
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Grand Ducal Family of Luxembourg, 1940

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 relations.publiques@an.etat.lu.

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February 2020
free and open to the public

Noontime talk in Portland, OR

February 27 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education,
724 NW Davis Street
Portland, OR 97209 United States
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How Aristides de Sousa Mendes Saved Thousands from the Nazis

Jill Neuwelt will discuss her trip last year with the Sousa Mendes Foundation to commemorate the work of Aristides de Sousa Mendes. She and a group met in Bordeaux and travelled along the route that the refugees took to Lisbon. Among those on the trip was Henry Dyner, whose parents received a visa when he was 3 years old. He and his family eventually moved to Paraguay, then to Brazil and finally to the US. The group included three other descendants of visa recipients. During the talk, Jill will share the work of Aristides de Sousa Mendes and the stories of the survivors.

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March 2020

Film screening in Vancouver, BC

March 2 @ 8:45 pm - 11:00 pm
Fifth Ave Cinemas,
2110 Burrard St,
Vancouver, BC Canada
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The Vancouver Jewish Film Festival presents the award-winning docudrama Disobedience: The Sousa Mendes Story telling the dramatic true story of a daring and large-scale rescue action during World War II.  Leading a post-film discussion will be Holocaust educator Myra Bard Michaelson.

$5 - $7

Film screening in Boca Raton, FL

March 15 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Temple Beth Shalom,
19140 Lyons Road
Boca Raton, FL 33434 United States
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Temple Beth Shalom presents the award-winning docudrama Disobedience: The Sousa Mendes Story.  There will be a question & answer session following the showing led by Robert Jacobvitz, chair of the Sousa Mendes International Advisory Council.  Light refreshments will be served.  Parking available.  The synagogue is disability accessible.

Directions:  The Temple is located within Century Village in Boca Raton, between Yamato Road and Kimberly Boulevard. Upon arriving at the entrance, announce to the gate attendant you are visiting to see the movie at Temple Beth Shalom.  Directions will be given.

Cost $5 for members, $7 for non-members, cash or check.

Contact for inquiries:  Michael Hamerman, event coordinator: cellular phone: 908-451-0721 or mikehamerman@gmail.com

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