Arts, Culture, and Humanities

Aristides De Sousa Mendes Foundation-Us

  • Huntington, NY
  • www.sousamendesfoundation.org

Mission Statement

The Sousa Mendes Foundation, dedicated to honoring the memory of Aristides de Sousa Mendes and to educating the world about his good work, has a two-fold mission: raising funds for the restoration of the Casa do Passal and the creation within its walls of a museum and memorial site; and sponsoring US-based projects that perpetuate his legacy.

Main Programs

  1. Research and Documentation
  2. Exhibitions and Film
  3. Education

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Service Areas

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The Foundation's projects in the United States include a traveling exhibition, co-presenting films, lectures, and the publication of a graphic novel for youth. International projects include the restoration of the Sousa Mendes home in Portugal as a museum and memorial, ongoing research in multiple countries tracking the descendants of the refugees saved by Sousa Mendes; creating a database of the individuals and families who were issued visas by Sousa Mendes,

ruling year

2011

President

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Dr. Olivia Mattis

Keywords

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Holocaust, refugees

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EIN

27-3630528

 Number

3024350773

Also Known As

Sousa Mendes Foundation

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Historical Societies and Related Activities (A80)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

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Program 1

Research and Documentation

The Foundation has begun to compile a database of individuals and families saved by Sousa Mendes and videotape testimonies of visa recipients. Members of the Board of Directors and National Advisory Council have also published articles on Holocaust research and presented at numerous conferences on refugees and rescue during the Holocaust.

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Program 2

Exhibitions and Film

The Foundation has developed a traveling exhibition that tells the story of the events of June 1940, when Sousa Mendes, at his own personal peril, decided to issue Portuguese visas to all refugees. It documents his punishment and downfall at the hands of the Portuguese government, as well as the stories of many of those he saved. The Foundation also presents two films about Sousa Mendes --Disobedience: The Sousa Mendes Story" and "With God against Man," and hosts post-screening discussions.

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Program 3

Education

The Sousa Mendes Foundation has published "Aristides de Sousa Mendes: Hero of the Holocaust."This 36-page graphic novel by famed cartoonist José Ruy tells the gripping true story of Aristides de Sousa Mendes and his decision to defy the direct orders of his government in order to save the lives of thousands of refugees during the 1940 exodus from Nazi-occupied Europe. This vividly illustrated, full-color book, translated into English by Della Peretti, is designed to enlighten and inspire young readers, ages 10-15, with the lesson that one person can make a difference. The back section of the book includes photographs of the real people involved in the story — Aristides de Sousa Mendes, his family, and many of those that he saved.

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International

The Foundation's projects in the United States include a traveling exhibition, co-presenting films, lectures, and the publication of a graphic novel for youth. International projects include the restoration of the Sousa Mendes home in Portugal as a museum and memorial, ongoing research in multiple countries tracking the descendants of the refugees saved by Sousa Mendes; creating a database of the individuals and families who were issued visas by Sousa Mendes,

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President

Dr. Olivia Mattis

BIO

Board President Dr. Olivia Mattis is an award-winning musicologist and author with a Ph.D. from Stanford University and a B.A. from Yale University. Twelve members of her paternal family were rescued by Aristides de Sousa Mendes as they escaped from Belgium in 1940; meanwhile, her maternal grandparents founded and led the Jewish Resistance there, while her mother was a hidden child. Mattis lectures widely, and delivered Keynote addresses at the 2011 Yom Hashoah commemoration of the City of Philadelphia and the 2014 Yom Hashoah commemoration of the City of Rochester. She has organized high-profile international conferences and music festivals that have received media coverage from Good Morning America and The New York Times. She is Contributing Editor of the Jewish genealogy and family history journal, Avotaynu Online and author of “Sousa Mendes’s List — The Search for Survivors.”

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BOARD CHAIR

Dr. Olivia Mattis

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