Following yesterday’s post, I received a comment from the Sousa Mendes Foundation. I figured more people would get to see it if I gave it a post of its own:
There would be no "Curious George" without Aristides de Sousa Mendes. His creators Hans and Margret Rey were rescued by Sousa Mendes, and they were then able to publish the first Curious George book in New York in 1941.
There would be no art by Salvador Dali past 1940 without Aristides de Sousa Mendes as he too was saved by him.
And my father would have died at the age of 7. My family was rescued by Aristides de Sousa Mendes in 1940, and I therefore owe him a debt of gratitude for my entire life.
Recently I helped the Sousa Mendes family (his grandchildren) establish a foundation to raise money to create a museum and memorial to their grandfather and help perpetuate his memory.
The website is www.sousamendesfoundation.org and I urge everyone to go to the page called "How can I help?"
With deepest thanks,