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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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A Toast to Freedom

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.

Master of Ceremonies:
Actor Michel Gill (“House of Cards”), the son and grandson of Sousa Mendes visa recipients.

Congressman Jerry Nadler of New York’s 10th Congressional District, recognized by Time magazine for his political courage;

Dr. Eva Fogelman, psychologist and advocate for Holocaust survivors; author of the seminal book on Holocaust rescue, Conscience & Courage;

Maggie Favretti, teacher at Scarsdale High School; founder and advisor of the group Students for Refugees in Westchester County.

Live musical performance:
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.

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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.

January 2018

Musical Performance in Utah

January 27, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Mormon Tabernacle,
Temple Square
Salt Lake City, UT United States
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Circular 14

The Sousa Mendes Foundation and the Utah Youth Orchestras and Ensembles present a performance in the Mormon Tabernacle of Circular 14: The Apotheosis of Aristides by Neely Bruce.

This free concert, conducted by the world-renowned choral conductor Barlow Bradford, will be held on the occasion of International Holocaust Remembrance Day of 2018.

Sponsors include:  The John and Marcia Price Family Foundation, the Lawrence T. and Janet T. Dee Foundation, the Eccles Family Foundation, and Zion’s Bank.

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