Portugal, The Last Hope

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

On Display

When The Golden Door Closed, They Carried The Torch presented by American Jewish Historical Society and Center for Jewish History
Rise of the Yiddish Machines: The Typewriter and Yiddish Literature presented by the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research
The Art of Exile: Paintings by German-Jewish Refugees presented by the Leo Baeck Institute
Russ & Daughters: An Appetizing Story presented by the American Jewish Historical Society
Hey, Wow! The Art of Oded Halahmy presented by the Yeshiva University Museum
The Door Slams Shut: Jews and Immigration in the Face of American Reaction presented by the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research