Portugal, The Last Hope

Portugal was the “last hope” for those trying to escape Nazi oppression. Aristides de Sousa Mendes, the Portuguese Consul-General in Bordeaux, France, courageously saved Salvador Dali, the authors of Curious George, and thousands of other refugees, in the spring of 1940 by issuing visas contrary to the strict orders of his government. 

A new exhibition in the American Sephardi Federation's Leon Levy Gallery commemorates the 50th anniversary of Aristides de Sousa Mendes being posthumously named "Righteous Among The Nations" by Yad Vahsem. 

Presented by The American Sephardi Federation, Portuguese Consulate-General in New York, The Sousa Mendes Foundation, and the Municipality of Almeida, Portugal with the support of The Museu Virtual Aristides de Sousa Mendes, Turismo Centro de Portugal, YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, Luso-Americano Foundation, The International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation, American Jewish Historical Society, and Leo Baeck Institute.

Exhibit Closed

This exhibit closed on
Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Currently on Display

Remnants: Selected Manuscripts from the YIVO Archives presented by the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research
The Paper Brigade: Smuggling Rare Books and Documents in Nazi-Occupied Vilna presented by the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research