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Diplomat who saved Jews gains recognition

A photograph of Aristides de Sousa Mendes from

A photograph of Aristides de Sousa Mendes from 1940, and a page from Sousa Mendes' List: (the registry book giving names of refugees who received Portuguese visas from Aristides de Sousa Mendes. This page is dated June 18, 1940, four days after the invasion of Paris by Nazi ground troops and four days before France capitulated. The smaller group photo shows the Rozendaal family. The larger photo shows Ruth Charchat and Georgette Standish among other refugees aided by Sousa Mendes. (Nov. 26, 2012) Photo Credit: Heather Walsh

The Aristides de Sousa Mendes Foundation was founded to bring greater awareness to the diplomat who was severely punished for helping 30,000 refugees flee to safety.

A photograph of Aristides de Sousa Mendes from
Photo Credit: Heather Walsh

A photograph of Aristides de Sousa Mendes from 1940, and a page from Sousa Mendes' List: (the registry book giving names of refugees who received Portuguese visas from Aristides de Sousa Mendes. This page is dated June 18, 1940, four days after the invasion of Paris by Nazi ground troops and four days before France capitulated. The smaller group photo shows the Rozendaal family. The larger photo shows Ruth Charchat and Georgette Standish among other refugees aided by Sousa Mendes. (Nov. 26, 2012)

Olivia Mattis, Ph.D., age 50, Sousa Mendes Foundation
Photo Credit: Heather Walsh

Olivia Mattis, Ph.D., age 50, Sousa Mendes Foundation president, holds a copy of a photograph of Aristides de Sousa Mendes from 1940, and a page from Sousa Mendes' List: the registry book giving names of refugees who received Portuguese visas from Aristides de Sousa Mendes. This page is dated June 18, 1940, four days after the invasion of Paris by Nazi ground troops and four days before France capitulated. Greenlawn. (Nov. 26, 2012)

Olivia Mattis, Ph.D, holds the French Jewish Star
Photo Credit: Heather Walsh

Olivia Mattis, Ph.D, holds the French Jewish Star that her great uncle Dr. Chil Goldberg was compelled to wear by the Nazis during World War II in Paris, France where he lived during the war, Greenlawn. (Nov. 26, 2012)

Ruth Charchat, age 76, Aristides de Sousa Mendes
Photo Credit: Heather Walsh

Ruth Charchat, age 76, Aristides de Sousa Mendes visa recipient was able to flee Antwerp, Belgium at age 6 with her family as the Nazis invaded Belguim. She holds a photo of her mother Suzanne Hymans and herself, Ruth Hymans, at age 5 shortly before they fled Belgium. (Nov. 26, 2012)

Georgette Standish, age 93, Aristides de Sousa Mendes
Photo Credit: Heather Walsh

Georgette Standish, age 93, Aristides de Sousa Mendes visa recipient, holds her passport with her visa signed by Vice-Consul Manuela Vieira Braga, in Banonne, France under instructions from Aristides de Sousa Mendes in1940, Roslyn. (Nov. 25, 2012)

Dr. Paul Freudman, age 57, anesthesiologist, Sousa Mendes
Photo Credit: Heather Walsh

Dr. Paul Freudman, age 57, anesthesiologist, Sousa Mendes Foundation researcher, three branches of his family and an uncle were Aristides de Sousa Mendes visa recipients, holds his ipad with a photograph of Aristides de Sousa Mendes, on the table is a map of France and Spain, original visas Heinrich Freudman, his wife, Rosalia Freudman, and their daughter Edith, and photo copies of photos of his great uncle Mozes Vecht, his wife Mathilde Vecht and a group shot of, left to right, Georgette Stanish, age 19, Ruth Hymans (Charchat), age 6 and her mother Suzanne Hymans, Great Neck. (Nov. 25, 2012)

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