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SOUSA MENDES FOUNDATION's Fundraiser:

Visas to Freedom: Stories of Rescue

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THE STORY:

DESCRIPTION OF THE PROJECT

The Sousa Mendes Foundation has launched a major initiative to videotape Holocaust refugees, now in their 80s and 90s, who escaped Nazi-occupied Europe through Portugal with the help of Aristides de Sousa Mendes, the Portuguese Consul-General in Bordeaux. Sousa Mendes defied his government to rescue thousands of innocent civilians from Nazi genocide by issuing life-saving visas to neutral Portugal, from where the refugees could board ships to freedom.  He forced open an escape hatch from Nazi-occupied Europe that didn't previously exist, and many thousands of refugees benefited from his action. 

 

This is a dramatic and important story, and one that is not very well known.

 

COST OF THE INTERVIEWS

Each video interview is professionally produced and costs between $700 and $1500, depending on where the interview subject lives and whether there is travel involved.  The more funds we raise, the more interviews we will be able to film, edit, and make available in our educational materials, on our Vimeo page, and on our website.

 

Please support this important project as generously as you can.  Each contribution makes an immediate difference.  Thank you!

 

Click here for more information on the visa recipients featured in the video. 

 

IS MY DONATION TAX-DEDUCTIBLE?

Yes!  The Sousa Mendes Foundation is a 501(c)3 organization, and all donations to this campaign are 100% tax-deductible if no goods or services are received in return. All donors to this campaign will be added to our DONOR HONOR ROLL.

 

SCOPE OF THE PROJECT

We have already completed thirteen filmed interviews of which three have been edited and can be viewed.  We have plans to create an additional fifty to sixty video interviews in the United States, South America, Europe and Israel.  In addition to Holocaust refugees, these will include Holocaust aid workers and Portuguese citizens who provided shelter to Jewish families in 1940 on their way to freedom.

 

DOESN'T THE SHOAH FOUNDATION INTERVIEW SURVIVORS?

The Shoah Foundation no longer interviews Holocaust survivors but is now devoted to cataloguing its existing collection.  Moreover, the story of Holocaust refugees, and particularly those who escaped through Portugal thanks to the heroic action of Aristides de Sousa Mendes, is one that is hardly told in the Shoah Foundation's collection of existing interviews. 

 

It is incumbent upon the Sousa Mendes Foundation to capture the memories of the Sousa Mendes visa recipients before it's too late.  But to do so, we need your support.

 

For more information on Aristides de Sousa Mendes, please visit our websiteThank you!

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    $220

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    $25

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    $180

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    $130

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    $250

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    $100

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    $500

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    $1,000

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    $250

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    $10

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  • Dierdra and Tim Clark

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Donor Comments

Lynne and Yehuda Cohen

Lynne and Yehuda Cohen

In honor of Leah Sills. 18 hours ago

Bob and Melissa Riebe

Bob and Melissa Riebe

Happy Birthday Leah! Thank you for making the world a better place. 1 day ago

Dierdra and Tim Clark

Dierdra and Tim Clark

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Maggie Favretti

Maggie Favretti

In Memory of Irving Wolfson 4 days ago

Gerald and Aviva Leberfeld

Gerald and Aviva Leberfeld

In memory of Abraham and Lucia Gotteiner 1 week ago

Ethan and Sabra Rivel

Ethan and Sabra Rivel

In honor of Leah Sill's birthday 2 weeks ago

Millie Jasper

Millie Jasper

in honor of Leah Sills 2 weeks ago

Nancy Carmichael and Michael Washburn

Nancy Carmichael and Michael Washburn

in Memory of Sylvain Bromberger, father of our colleague and friend, Allen Bromberger 3 months ago

Barcinski family

Barcinski family

In honor of Sousa Mendes, a great man and humanist. From his "Brazilian family" 4 months ago

john b bennet

john b bennet

DONATION: $500

Buxbaum 6 months ago