UN “Rescue during the Holocaust” Remembrance

The United Nations 2013 observance of the International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust was built around the theme “Rescue during the Holocaust: The Courage to Care”.

The Sousa Mendes Foundation co-sponsored a presentation of the award-winning documentary film The Rescuers on January 23, as part of the United Nations program. Prior to the showing of the film, approximately 50 members of Sousa Mendes visa recipient families gathered in a circle inside the Visitor Centre, and had an opportunity to meet each other–as well as two grandchildren of the diplomat who came to their rescue: Louis-Philippe Mendes and Sheila Abranches.

After the screening of the film, Sousa Mendes visa recipient Léon MOED gave a personal and moving testimonial, and took questions along with director Michael King. Images of Léon MOED (from 1940 and the present) are featured in the video address by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon shown below, and the Sousa Mendes Foundation is among the prestigious organizations credited with thanks for the program.

2013 Holocaust Remembrance Day Message of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

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