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The man who saved more Jews than Schindler

 

December 23, 2022

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Photos of Aristides de Sousa Mendes from a Sousa Mendes Foundation exhibition at the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust. 

As a journalist in Israel in the 1980s, I'd covered the Lebanon War and violence in the West Bank. But I'd always felt like an outsider. Last month, I returned to Jerusalem after nearly 35 years away. This time, though, I wasn't just an observer. Dancing around a Torah scroll at a tiny Haredi yeshiva, I was a participant. 

That Torah was saved thanks to Aristides de Sousa Mendes, a Portuguese official who rescued thousands of Jews from the Nazis - including my grandparents. 

For two days in November, Sousa Mendes was posthumously honored by the city of Jerusalem and Yad Vashem, Israel's o...



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