Upcoming Los Angeles Museum of The Holocaust Event – 1/22/15 – 3/1/16

Sousa Mendes

Visas to Freedom: Aristides de Sousa Mendes and the Refugees of World War II – January 22, 2016 – March 1, 2016 –Los Angeles Museum of The Holocaust is proud to announce the opening of Visas to Freedom: Aristides de Sousa Mendes and the Refugees of World War II, an exhibition of original visas, photographs and other artifacts, in partnership with the Sousa Mendes Foundation

 Aristides de Sousa Mendes was the Portuguese Consul General stationed in Bordeaux, France, in 1940. His government had issued strict orders to all its diplomats, in a document called Circular 14, to deny visas to Jews and other refugees seeking to escape German-occupied Europe through Portugal. Sousa Mendes defied these orders and issued Portuguese visas to thousands of people in May and June of 1940 in an operation described by Israel’s most distinguished Holocaust scholar Yehuda Bauer as “perhaps the largest rescue action by a single individual during the Holocaust.” The rescued families ended up in the United States, Canada, Brazil, Israel, the United Kingdom and elsewhere across the globe and began new lives, while Sousa Mendes himself was put on trial by the Portuguese government for “disobedience” and was harshly punished.

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