Helft/Loevi/Rosenberg

HELFT, Etienne (age 17)
HELFT, Georges (age 6)
HELFT, Jacques (age 49)
HELFT, Jean Salomon (age 18)
HELFT, Leon (age 4)
HELFT, Madeleine Marthe née LOEVI (age 44)
HELFT, Marianne née LOEVI (age 37)
HELFT, Yvon Salomon (age 50)
LOEVI, Marguerite Gabrielle née AKAR (age 71)
MANGEONJEAN, Louise (age 57)
ROSENBERG, Alexandre Paul (age 19)
ROSENBERG, Marguerite Ida née LOEVI (age 47)
ROSENBERG, Micheline Nanette (age 23)
ROSENBERG, Paul (age 58)

The HELFT, LOEVI and ROSENBERG families were issued visas by Aristides de Sousa Mendes in Bordeaux on June 18, 1940.

The HELFT, LOEVI and ROSENBERG families crossed into Portugal where they settled in Sintra. They would eventually immigrate to the USA in separate groups. Paul ROSENBERG was a famous and influential art dealer who represented Picasso and Matisse. In September 1940, Jacques and Marianne HELFT, accompanied by their children, Etienne, Georges, and Leon, sailed on the vessel Nea Hellas from Lisbon to New York. Yvon Salomon and Madeleine Marthe HELFT also made the crossing in September 1940 on the Exeter, along with Paul and Marguerite Ida ROSENBERG and their daughter Micheline Nanette. Marguerite Gabrielle LOEVI, accompanied by her nurse, Louise MANGEONJEAN, sailed to New York on the Exeter the following month, in October 1940. Several of the young men in the family were forced to remain in France as they were eligible for conscription: Jean and François HELFT, and Alexandre Paul ROSENBERG.

Alexandre Paul ROSENBERG boarded the vessel Battory, the troop ship that was evacuating Polish troops from France in 1940. When the ship arrived in England, Alexandre was arrested as an enemy alien. He told the British that he knew Winston Churchill personally because Churchill, who was an amateur painter, used to come to the Rosenberg gallery to borrow paintings that he would copy and then return. The British checked out the story (which was true) and freed Alexandre. He joined the British Air Force, and participated in the D-Day invasion of June 1944.

Jacques HELFT

Jacques HELFT

Marianne HELFT

Marianne HELFT

Jean HELFT

Jean HELFT

Paul ROSENBERG

Paul ROSENBERG


Visa signed by Sousa Mendes for Paul ROSENBERG

Visa signed by Sousa Mendes for
Paul ROSENBERG