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    • Local choirs sing of this WWII hero on International Holocaust Remembrance Day – The Deseret News

      January 18, 2018

      The Salt Lake City performance by the Utah Youth Orchestras & Ensembles will feature the University of Utah Chamber Choir, the University of Utah A Cappella Choir, seven Utah high school choirs, several vocal soloists and narrator Michel Gill, the son and grandson of Sousa Mendes visa recipients.

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    • Sousa Mendes’ List – Salt Lake City Weekly

      January 17, 2018

      Holocaust rescuer’s legacy lives on in Utah.

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    • The Moral Choice of a Diplomat who Defied Orders – The Jerusalem Post

      September 26, 2017

      On October 29, dozens of families will gather at a gala event at the Museum of Jewish Heritage, in New York, to celebrate their rescue 77 years ago at the hands of a single person, and to commemorate him.

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    • “Life is filled with opportunities for individuals to make a difference” – Open Democracy

      September 4, 2017

      Gerald Mendes applies the lessons of his grandfather’s actions to the world of today.

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    • Aristides de Sousa Mendes: A Light in the Darkness – Open Democracy

      July 26, 2017

      Aristides de Sousa Mendes chose his conscience over his orders. His altruism should be an example for all those struggling to change a world that is once again failing to protect its citizens.

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    • O Museu dos Fugitivos Judeus et de Aristides – Sábado

      July 13, 2017

      Dezanove descendentes de refugiados da II Guerra Mundial fizeram a mesma viagem dos pais que sobreviveram graças ao cônsul português.

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    • He stood ‘with God against man’ – The Chicago Tribune

      July 7, 2017

      Jewish refugees pay tribute to consular officer who saved thousands in WWII.

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    • They Were Aided by Portugal’s ‘Schindler’ – The Washington Post

      July 2, 2017

      A handful of former Jewish refugees and their descendants returned last week to the craggy and verdant border between France and Spain, mostly to pay tribute to the largely forgotten Portuguese diplomat who saved their lives in the early days of World War II.

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    • The Portuguese Consul who Disobeyed Orders to Save Jewish Lives – Aish

      July 1, 2017

      In May 1940, Rabbi Haim Kruger escaped Brussels with his family and fled to Bordeaux in southern France. He joined thousands of Jewish refugees who were running from the advancing German army and believed France was a safe haven. Soon enough, though, it became clear that the Germans were overcoming the French army as well. On June 14, Paris fell.

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    • Presidente da República homenageou Aristides de Sousa Mendes – Presidéncia da República Portuguesa

      April 3, 2017

      O Presidente Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa homenageou Aristides de Sousa Mendes condecorando-o, a título póstumo, com a Grã-Cruz da Ordem da Liberdade, tendo o seu neto Gerald Tremblay de Sousa Mendes recebido as insígnias.

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    • Holocaust Organizations, Scholars Slam Possible Defunding of Anti-Semitism Office – NEWSWEEK

      March 13, 2017

      Statement of the international Holocaust remembrance community spearheaded by the Sousa Mendes Foundation gains national coverage.

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    • El ‘Schindler’ portugués que salvó a 38.000 refugiados de las garras de los nazis – EL ESPAÑOL

      February 2, 2017

      Cuando el presidente de Estados Unidos inicia su cruzada contra inmigrantes y refugiados, resurge la figura de un diplomático luso instalado en Burdeos en la II Guerra Mundial que desobedeció la orden del dictador Salazar. Ayudó incluso a Dalí y Gala.

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    • Dr. Olivia Mattis, President of the Sousa Mendes Foundation, interviewed by Mike Stubbs for AM 980 – London, Ontario, Canada

      December 22, 2016

      Dr. Olivia Mattis, President and co-founder of the Sousa Mendes Foundation, talks about Aristides De Sousa Mendes and the impact he had on history and the lives of tens of thousands of Holocaust refugees.

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    • 90 Holocaust organizations, 70 educators bemoan rise in hate speech – The Times Of Israel

      December 7, 2016

      Sousa Mendes Foundation-led effort gains international attention.

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    • Jewish Insider’s Daily Kickoff – HAARETZ

      September 27, 2016

      NYC SCENE THE OTHER DAY: The American Sephardi Federation hosted the President of Portugal Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa at the Center for Jewish History in Chelsea for a tour of Portugal, The Last Hope: Sousa Mendes’ Visas for Freedom. “Your history is our history,” said the President.

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    • Would You Hide a Jew From the Nazis? – The New York Times

      September 18, 2016

      Portugal issued strict instructions to its diplomats to reject most visa requests from Jews, but Sousa Mendes violated those orders. “I would rather stand with God and against man,” he said, “than with man and against God.”

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    • Film explores legacy of World War II hero – Stamford Advocate

      September 1, 2016

      A city woman whose Jewish relatives escaped Europe during World War II with the help of a Portuguese consul will speak at the viewing of a film about the man’s life.

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    • ‘Portugal’s Schindler’ Is Remembered, Decades After His Life-Saving Deeds – NPR

      August 4, 2016

      A group of about 50 people gathered in late June in the sunny courtyard of the Portuguese consulate in Bordeaux, France. It was from here in 1939 and 1940 that Portuguese diplomat Aristides de Sousa Mendes do Amaral e Abranches issued approximately 30,000 visas to Jews and other stateless refugees.

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    • The difference one brave man can make to the world – South African Jewish Report

      July 20, 2016

      Aristides de Sousa Mendes was the Portuguese consul in Bordeaux, France in 1940. In defiance of then Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio de Oliveira Salazar, he issued approximately 30,000 forbidden visas to refugees fleeing Hitler and the Nazi terror.

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    • Aristides de Sousa Mendes e a viagem do caminho da liberdade – Diário de Notícias

      July 4, 2016

      Lissy e Stefan receberam vistos dados pelo cônsul no início da II Guerra Mundial. Mais famílias fizeram o percurso da fuga

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    • Sur les traces d’un « juste », Aristides de Sousa Mendes – La Croix

      June 24, 2016

      En juin 1940, ce consul du Portugal à Bordeaux a accordé des milliers de visas à des personnes fuyant le nazisme. Certains d’entre eux ou leurs descendants participent à partir du 25 juin à un voyage organisé sur le parcours suivi à l’époque par les réfugiés.

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    • The Consul and the Rabbi – AMI Magazine

      May 4, 2016

      Researching your roots is part detective work, and a lot like puzzles of any kind: crossword, Sudoku, or a Rubik’s Cube. You need an open mind and patience, some talent and it doesn’t hurt to have a professional as a close friend.

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    • Portuguese Holocaust Hero Remembered in NYC – Voices of New York

      April 6, 2016

      When visitors enter “Portugal, The Last Hope: Sousa Mendes’ Visas to Freedom,” which opens April 7 at the Center for Jewish History in Manhattan, they will be face to face with a daughter’s plea.

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    • This Day in Jewish History 1954: Portuguese Diplomat Disgraced for Saving Refugees From Nazis Dies – HAARETZ

      April 3, 2016

      Aristides de Sousa Mendes prayed for guidance, heard a voice, and to the dismay of Lisbon, opened Portugal’s door to Jews, for which he was fired and disgraced.

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    • Exhibit: New York City celebrates the life of Aristides de Sousa Mendes – New York, NY – The Portuguese American Journal

      April 3, 2016

      The American Sephardi Federation is hosting an exhibit and public program celebrating the life of former Portuguese diplomat Aristides de Sousa Mendes.

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    • La Valise de Jacob Livre Ses Secrets – Les Diplomés de l’Université de Montréal

      April 1, 2016

      En lisant des documents cachés depuis la Deuxième Guerre mondiale, Andrée Lotey apprend la vérité sur l’exil de son père. Un roman historique s’écrit sous ses yeux.

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    • How a Southern Baptist and a Portuguese Holocaust hero came together – JNS

      March 30, 2016

      On the surface, it seems unlikely that an American composer—let alone a Southern Baptist from Alabama—would write a musical treatment about a largely unknown Holocaust hero.

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    • Singing the praises of a Portuguese Holocaust hero – The People’s World

      January 26, 2016

      Five years ago the newly formed Sousa Mendes Foundation, dedicated to honoring the memory of this extraordinary man, commissioned Connecticut composer Neely Bruce to write an oratorio about the Portuguese rescuer. Bruce agreed, at no fee, but asking only for the commitment to a performance of the work. That commitment was fulfilled to great acclaim on Jan. 24.

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    • Moral Man in an Immoral World: Celebrating Aristides de Sousa Mendes – The Huffington Post

      January 25, 2016

      Amidst the current refugee crisis in the Middle East and North Africa, many people have looked back at the dismal record of the world in responding to the refugee crisis on the 1930s from Nazi Germany. Hesitant to compare, I only seek to understand and to ponder.

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    • ‘Circular 14: The Apotheosis of Aristides’ honors the Portuguese Oskar Schindler – The Los Angeles Times

      January 19, 2016

      Aristides de Sousa Mendes faced a massive humanitarian crisis: It was June 1940, and the Portuguese diplomat stationed in Bordeaux, France, could not ignore nearly 120,000 refugees amassed down the road from the Portuguese consulate.

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    • Celebrating Aristides de Sousa Mendes, diplomat and Holocaust hero, who saved 10,000 Jews – The Jewish Journal

      January 15, 2016

      Los Angeles Jews will celebrate the life and moral courage of a devout Catholic beginning Jan. 22, with the world premiere of an oratorio, an exhibition, film screenings and a memorial service.

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    • The Portuguese Schindler that the world forgot – The Times of India

      October 18, 2015

      For Gerald Mendes, based in Paris and who visited Goa recently, Aristides, his grandfather, is a hero. “His story and that of the refugees he helped need to be heard again and again, even more so today, when we are dramatically witnessing history repeat itself,” he told The Times of India.

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    • “Sousa Mendes’s List” — The Search for Survivors – Avotaynu Online

      May 9, 2015

      The Sousa Mendes Foundation actively seeks families who received lifesaving visas from the Portuguese diplomat Aristides de Sousa Mendes in the Spring of 1940.

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    • Ski to Sea team honors WWII hero who saved 30,000 refugees – The Bellingham Herald

      April 25, 2015

      The theme for this year’s Blossomtime Parade in downtown Bellingham is “Honoring our Heroes,” and that’s the idea behind an unusual entry in this year’s Ski to Sea Race.

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    • This Portuguese Diplomat Was Disgraced For Saving Jews. Now, He’s Getting His Due. – The Forward

      April 26, 2015

      On a sunny Sunday morning in late April, the family of an unheralded hero diplomat during the Holocaust took one more step forward in their effort to rehabilitate his ruined name.

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    • L’incroyable histoire de la valise verte de M. Lotey – Radio-Canada

      November 11, 2014

      En 2007, la fille d’Andrée Lotey lui demande si elle n’a pas quelques vieilles poupées qui traînent quelque part. Mme Lotey est loin de se douter qu’elle va découvrir la vie cachée de son père et l’épopée d’un consul du Portugal qui a sauvé 30 000 personnes des persécutions nazies.

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    • A Pilgrimage to the Home of ‘The Portuguese Schindler’ – HAARETZ

      August 1, 2013

      Aristides de Sousa Mendes saved the lives of an estimated 10,000 Jews in World War II, and Eric Moed is determined to shine a light on his actions.

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    • In Portugal, a Protector of a People Is Honored – The New York Times

      July 9, 2013

      CABANAS DE VIRIATO, Portugal — Lee Sterling knew that his sister had not survived the harrowing journey 73 years ago that allowed him and his parents to escape Nazism by traveling from their home in Brussels to Lisbon and eventually on to New York.

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    • Diplomat who saved Jews gains recognition – Newsday

      November 29, 2012

      As a girl growing up in Scarsdale, Olivia Mattis heard her grandmother speak often and with passion about how a Portuguese diplomat saved their family after Hitler invaded Belgium in 1940.

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    • Holocaust Remembrance Day: Honoring a Rescuer Who Saved 30,000 People – Huffington Post

      April 18, 2012

      Aristides de Sousa Mendes was neither a superhero endowed with supernatural powers nor a saint capable of working miracles, but rather a man who loved others and who believed in humanity above all else. He was a man who was truly alone during one of the darkest moments in history. This man was my grandfather…

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    • Sousa Mendes saved more lives than Schindler so why isn’t he a household name too? – The Independent

      October 16, 2010

      With the Nazi invasion of France came an order from Portugal that no Jews or dissidents be granted passage. But one man stood tall against the decree – and in issuing visas for 30,000 people, Aristides de Sousa Mendes was to risk everything. Seventy years on, the people whose lives he saved are battling to restore his honour…

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