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February 2017

Houston Honors Aristides de Sousa Mendes

February 1 - February 26
Holocaust Museum Houston,
5401 Caroline St.
Houston, TX 77004 United States
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Refugees in Lisbon, 1940

The American Jewish Committee and the Holocaust Museum Houston are jointly sponsoring a commemoration of Aristides de Sousa Mendes in conjunction with International Holocaust Remembrance Day.  Louis-Philippe Mendes, grandson of Aristides de Sousa Mendes, will speak.  All events will be held at the Holocaust Museum Houston.


Thursday, January 26, 2017, 6:30 p.m.

Screening of Disobedience: The Sousa Mendes Story at the Holocaust Museum Houston.  Free and open to the public.

Friday, January 27, 2017, 10 a.m.

Ceremony “Remembering Aristides de Sousa Mendes” with Houston Diplomatic Consular Corps and remarks by Louis-Philippe Mendes.  Free and open to the public, but seating is limited.

January 26-February 26, 2017

In conjunction with the above events, the Sousa Mendes Foundation presents an exhibition of original artifacts, “Sousa Mendes and his Visas to Freedom.” On view will be passports with the original Sousa Mendes visas along with personal items of refugees rescued by Aristides de Sousa Mendes.

For more information, call (713) 942-8000.

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March 2017

Lecture: Aristides de Sousa Mendes — A Holocaust Hero and the Lives He Saved

March 2 @ 9:30 am - 10:30 am
Ramapo College of New Jersey,
505 Ramapo Valley Road
Mahwah, NJ 07430-1680 United States
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Joan Arnay Halperin and Monique Rubens Krohn, both daughters and granddaughters of Sousa Mendes visa recipients, share their family histories to tell the story of how a single act of moral courage reverberates through the generations.

Free and open to the public.

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April 2017

Presidential medal awarded to Aristides de Sousa Mendes in Portugal

April 3
Casa do Passal,
Cabanas do Viriato, Portugal
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President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa of Portugal will posthumously award the Grand Cross of the Order of Liberty to Aristides de Sousa Mendes.  The event will take place at the Sousa Mendes family home, Casa do Passal, in Cabanas de Viriato, Portugal.  The date of April 3, 2017 is the anniversary of Sousa Mendes’s death in 1954.

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Film Screening in Westchester County, NY

April 23
Westchester Jewish Center,
175 Rockland Avenue
Mamaroneck, NY 10543 United States
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The Westchester Jewish Center presents a screening of Disobedience: The Sousa Mendes Story.

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Lecture: Remembering Aristides de Sousa Mendes

April 24 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Congregation Shaarai Shomayim,
75 E James St
Lancaster, PA 17602 United States
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Monique Krohn

Monique Rubens Krohn will share the moving true story of how her family escaped Nazi-occupied Europe with the help of Aristides de Sousa Mendes.

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Film screening and exhibition in Maine

April 24 - August 11
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 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 on Sunday, April 30, 1 p.m., at the Michael Klahr Center. Refreshments will be served.

In addition, the Center will feature an exhibition about Sousa Mendes and other rescuers, “Heroism in Unjust Times: Rescuers During the Holocaust,” on view from April 24-August 11, 2017.

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June 2017

Trip: Journey on the Road to Freedom


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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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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