Loading Events
Find Events

Past Events

Events List Navigation

March 2019

A celebration of Sugihara and Sousa Mendes

March 17 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Home of Eric and Leah Sills,
125 Oxford Road
New Rochelle, NY United States
+ Google Map
Sugihara and ASM

Dr. Mordecai Paldiel, the leading world authority on the Righteous Diplomats, will speak in an intimate wine-and-cheese gathering to which you are invited!  Dr. Paldiel is the former director of the Righteous Among the Nations department at Yad Vashem and will speak about Chiune SugiharaAristides de Sousa MendesGeorg Duckwitz and other heroes.  

Also speaking will be Armand Lerner, a Sousa Mendes visa recipient, and Chaim Jaskoll, whose family was saved by Sugihara. On view during this special event will be the ceramic novel “Journey Maps 1940” by Gaia Starr, depicting her family’s exodus from Nazi-occupied Europe with the help of Aristides de Sousa Mendes.

This is a very special event that you won’t want to miss!  If you plan to come, kindly RSVP to info@sousamendesfoundation.org. Or give us a call at (877) 797-9759.

April 2019

Yom Hashoah in New Bedford, MA

April 5 @ 6:15 pm - 8:15 pm
Holocaust Memorial Monument,
Buttonwood Park
New Bedford, MA United States
+ Google Map

New Bedford


In recognition of the special relationship between the city of New Bedford, MA and the story of Aristides de Sousa Mendes, the Jewish Federation of New Bedford will present a gift to the Sousa Mendes Foundation on the occasion of the annual Yom Hashoah service of the city of New Bedford at Buttonwood Park.  Representing the Foundation will be Robert Jacobvitz, Chair of the Advisory Council, who played a key role in the early recognitions of Sousa Mendes in New Bedford and elsewhere in the 1980s.  Representing the Jewish Federation will be Amir Cohen, Executive Director.

Event Website

Film screening in Durham, New Hampshire

April 23 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Community Church of Durham, NH,
17 Main Street
Durham, NH 03824 United States
+ Google Map

The Community Church of Durham, NH presents the award-winning film, Disobedience: The Sousa Mendes Story.  Post-screening Q&A will be led by Dr. Douglas Wheeler, historian and expert on Portugal during World War II.  The event is free and open to the public.

Event Website
May 2019
free and open to the public

Rescue: The Sousa Mendes Story

May 8 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
US Military Academy at West Point,
444 Thayer Hall
West Point, NY United States
+ Google Map

Stefan Rozenfeld was born in 1934 in Lodz, Poland. His father, Abraham, was a ribbon manufacturer traveling in Belgium when World War II began on September 1, 1939. Separated from his wife Eugenia (Jenny) and Stefan, Abraham organized a daring escape that reunited the family.  However, without the help of Aristides de Sousa Mendes, the Portuguese Consul in Bordeaux, France, the Rozenfeld family would never had mad it to safety.  Stefan Rozenfeld and his daughter Leah Rozenfeld Sills will tell his, and their family story.

This discussion is part of the Harold A. Gottesman ’50 Lecture Series and is open to the public.

Event Website
free but donations accepted

Film screening in White Plains, NY

May 11 @ 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Community Unitarian Universalist Congregation,
468 Rosedale Ave
White Plains, NY 10605 United States
+ Google Map

The Westchester Community for Humanistic Judaism presents Disobedience: The Sousa Mendes Story.  Q&A will be led by Miriam Turkel, whose parents received visas from Aristides de Sousa Mendes in June of 1940.  Refreshments will be served.  

Event Website
June 2019

Religious observances in Portugal and the US

June 15 - July 21
João Crisóstomo

Sousa Mendes Foundation advisory João Crisóstomo has organized a series of religious observances in the United States and Portugal in memory of Aristides de Sousa Mendes on the occasion of the 79th anniversary of his “Day of Conscience.” These are listed below:

Cabanas de Viriato and Beijós, Portugal, June 15 and 16. Bishop of Viseu Don Antonio Luciano and Father Carlos Sousa will remember Aristides de Sousa Mendes and his “Act of Conscience” during their sermons.

Algés, Portugal, June 16, 7 p.m. Auxiliary Bishop of Lisbon Don Daniel Henrique will remember Sousa Mendes during his sermon.

Porto, Portugal, June 16. Bishop Don Armando Esteves Domingues will remember Sousa Mendes during his sermon. 

Torres Vedras, A-dos-Cunhados, Portugal, June 15 and 16. Father Eduardo will remember Sousa Mendes during the religious services. The Franciscan Community will remember Sousa Mendes in the Convento de Varatojo. Father Melícias will preside.

Five Wounds Portuguese National Church, 1375 E Santa Clara St., San Jose, CA, June 15 and 16.  Father Antonio Silveira will remember Sousa Mendes in his sermons.

Our Lady of Fatima Church, 403 Spring St, Elizabeth, NJ, June 16

Our Lady of Fatima Church, 355 South Broadway, Yonkers, NY, June 16, 10 a.m.
Father Osvaldo Franklin will remember Sousa Mendes in the mass.

Slovenian Community Church, 62 St. Marks Place, New York, NY, July 21, 10:30 a.m.

Event Website

Lecture: Aristides de Sousa Mendes, A Man of Conscience

June 23 @ 11:45 am - 1:00 pm
Hotel Iberostar,
Rua Castilho, 64
Lisbon, Portugal
+ Google Map
Mariana Abrantes

Mariana Abrantes de Sousa, Treasurer of the Sousa Mendes Foundation, will speak about Aristides de Sousa Mendes and the work of the Sousa Mendes Foundation during the International Council of B’nai B’rith Meeting from June 23-25, 2019.  Mariana’s talk will be held on Sunday, June 23rd at 11:45 a.m. and will be followed by a testimonial of Monica Barzilay, whose family received visas from Aristides de Sousa Mendes.

Event Website

Trip: Journey on the Road to Freedom

June 29-July 9, 2019

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.  Open to all, but space is limited!

Event Website
August 2019
$20 - $120

Eleanor Roosevelt and the Jewish Refugees She Saved: The Story of the S. S. Quanza

August 11 @ 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Center for Jewish History,
15 W 16th Street
New York, NY 10011 United States
+ Google Map



Quanza refugees

Passengers on board the Quanza, unable to disembark, 1940


The Sousa Mendes Foundation and the American Sephardi Federation present the New York premiere of the documentary film, Nobody Wants Us (2019, dir. Laura Seltzer-Duny) on Sunday, August 11, 2019, 2-4:30 p.m. at the Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th Street, New York City.



In 1940, a ship called the S.S. Quanza left the port of Lisbon carrying several hundred Jewish refugees —  most of whom held Sousa Mendes visas — to freedom.  But events went terribly wrong, and the passengers became trapped on the ship because no country would take them in.  Nobody Wants Us tells the gripping true story of how Eleanor Roosevelt herself stepped in to save the passengers on board because of her moral conviction that they were not “undesirables” (as the US State Department labeled them) but rather were “future patriotic Americans.”  This is an episode in American history that everyone needs to know.



The film, which is 35 minutes in length, will be introduced by the filmmaker Laura Seltzer-Duny and followed by a panel discussion moderated by Michael Dobbs of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, author of The Unwanted.  Other participants will include:

Blanche Wiesen Cook, the leading world expert on Eleanor Roosevelt and the author of her three-volume biography.

Annette Lachmann, who was a passenger on the Quanza in 1940.

Kathleen Rand, whose father Wolf Rand was the passenger who successfully filed suit against the shipping company, forcing the vessel to remain in port until the conflict was resolved.

Stephen Morewitz, the leading world expert on the Quanza story, whose grandparents’ Newport News, Virginia law firm of Morewitz & Morewitz was hired by Wolf Rand and successfully litigated the case.


Significance of the story:

According to Michael Dobbs, “The Quanza incident is a timely reminder that individuals make a difference.  Without visas supplied by the Portuguese diplomat Aristides de Sousa Mendes, many of the Jewish passengers on board the Quanza might well have been stranded in Nazi-occupied Europe.  Without the legal brilliance of a maritime lawyer named Jacob Morewitz, the ship would have been obliged to sail back to Europe. Without the intervention of First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, the passengers would not have been permitted to land.   It took three people, from entirely different backgrounds, to save dozens of lives that might otherwise have been lost.”


Event Website
September 2019

Lecture: Aristides de Sousa Mendes, a Man of Courage

September 8
World War II Veterans Hall,
Chino, CA United States
+ Google Map
Lee Sterling

Sousa Mendes visa recipient Lee Sterling tells the story of his family’s exodus from Nazi-occupied Europe in 1940 and the role played by Aristides de Sousa Mendes in his survival.

+ Export Listed Events