Portugal and the Jewish Refugee Crisis of World War II

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 cafés and public gathering places. This symposium will tell these stories and that 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).

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