Aristede de Sousa Mendes was named "Righteous among the Nations" by Yad Vashem for disobeying orders and issuing visas to Jewish refugees while serving as a Portugese diplomat in France.

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    Center for Jewish History

    15 W. 16th St.
    New York, NY 10011


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    Members: $15
    Non-members: $20
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When the Nazis invaded France and the Low Countries, tens of thousands of Jewish refugees from all over Europe poured into neutral Portugal. Lisbon became a city of transit and intrigue, sheltering refugees, aid organizations, and Allied and Axis coalitions, all of whom populated the cafes and public gathering places. This symposium will tell these stories and the story of Aristides de Sousa Mendes, named Righteous Among the Nations by Yad Vashem for his courage as Portuguese Consul-General stationed in Bordeaux. With Marion Kaplan (NYU), author Margarida Ramalho, Mordecai Paldiel (Yad Vashem, emeritus), Louis-Philippe Mendes, and Olivia Mattis (Sousa Mendes Foundation).  The event will include the screening of the documentary film, Lisbon:  Harbour of Hope.

The duration of the symposium, including the screening, will be approximately 3.5 hours, until 5pm.

Co-presented with the Center for Jewish History, the American Sephardi Federation, and the Sousa Mendes Foundation.