75th Anniversary Year


This year marks the 75th anniversary of the heroic actions of Aristides de Sousa Mendes. It also marks the 5th anniversary of our Foundation. Together we have achieved so much, and there is much more ahead! Please see the list below of events currently scheduled in 2015. Other events are in the planning stages and will be announced soon.



Upcoming Events

Saturday, January 2, 2016, 8:15 p.m.
Film Screening
Disobedience: The Sousa Mendes Story

Chabad of Delray
7603 Eagle Point Drive
Delray Beach, FL 33446
Tickets $15


Saturday, January 23, 2016
Aristides de Sousa Mendes, Holocaust Hero – Exhibition, film screenings and ceremony
Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust
100 S. The Grove Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90036
11:00 a.m. Film screening “With God Against Man” – tickets $5 at the door
2:00 p.m. Film screening, “Disobedience: The Sousa Mendes Story” – tickets $5 at the door
6:00 p.m. Exhibition opening, “Visas to Freedom: Sousa Mendes and the Refugees of World War II.”


Sunday, January 24, 2016 – 3:00 p.m.
Gala Benefit Concert Event
American Jewish University
Moses E. Gindi Auditorium
15600 Mulholland Dr
Los Angeles, CA 90077
World Premiere of “Circular 14: The Apotheosis of Aristides,” a dramatic oratorio by Neely Bruce, starring LA Opera artists Robert MacNeil in the role of Aristides de Sousa Mendes, Ashley Faatoalia in the role of Salazar, Marina Harris in the role of Sousa Mendes’s first wife Angelina, Katherine Giaquinto in the role of Sousa Mendes’s second wife Andrée, special guest Stephan Kirchgraber, bass-baritone, in the role of Rabbi Kruger, and the actor Michel Gill from “House of Cards” as narrator in the role of Sousa Mendes’s twin brother César. Donald Brinegar conducts the award-winning Donald Brinegar Singers, with Pedro da Silva on Portuguese guitar, the leading US performer on the instrument, and the composer at the piano. Concert produced by Marilyn Ziering with all proceeds benefiting the Sousa Mendes Foundation..

General Seating: $40.
Sponsorship price including two concert tickets and VIP reception following the performance with Michel Gill and the cast: $350.
Tickets go on sale in December.

For more information on the Los Angeles events, please see our press release.

Tenor Robert MacNeil stars as Aristides de Sousa Mendes

Marina Harris in the role of Angelina

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Lecture: Les rescapés de la valise verte et Aristides de Sousa Mendes

Belles Soirées de l’Université de Montréal
Montreal, Canada

Dr. Andrée Lotey, daughter of a Sousa Mendes visa recipient, tells the gripping true story of her quest to uncover the truth about her family’s past.


Dr. Andrée Lotey

Saturday, June 25-Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Journey on the Road to Freedom

Bordeaux, France to Lisbon, Portugal

Retrace the footsteps of Aristides de Sousa Mendes and the refugees of 1940 on this 10-day guided trip of a lifetime with members of the Sousa Mendes family, beginning in Bordeaux and ending with a symbolic boat ride in Lisbon Harbor. In between, visit sites germane to the dramatic and moving story, including Bayonne, Hendaye, Vilar Formoso, Cabanas de Viriato, Porto, and Caldas da Rainha.
For more information click here


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