Aristides de Sousa Mendes
João Paulo de Sousa Mendes do Amaral e Abranches, the last surviving son of Aristides Sousa Mendes, led successfully the attempt to revive his father`s memory. He died in California in 2009 and unfortunately was not able to see some of his legacy -films, books and magazine articles, celebrating the importance of his father.
João Paulo Abranches (in the middle) in Fall River in 2001
However João Paulo Abranches was in Massachusetts (New Bedford and Fall River) in 2001, where he attended a celebration and an exhibition organized by the Portuguese consul, members of the Jewish Community and the Diocese of Fall River about the major humanitarian achievements of Aristides de Sousa Mendes.
This week the New York Times published an article about The Consul of Bordeaux: In Portugal, a Protector of a People is Honored
In June the Portuguese magazine Visão produced a long article with interviews of some survivers of the Holocaust whose lives were saved by Aristides de Sousa Mendes.