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Eleanor Roosevelt & the Jewish Refugees She Saved
August 11 , 2:00 pm
On August 9, 1940, a ship called the S.S. Quanza left the port of Lisbon carrying several hundred Jewish refugees, most of whom held Sousa Mendes visas to freedom. But events went terribly wrong, and the passengers became trapped on the ship because no country would take them in.The film Nobody Wants Us tells the gripping true story of how Eleanor Roosevelt herself stepped in to save the passengers on board because of her moral conviction that they were not undesirables (as the US State Department labeled them) but rather were future patriotic Americans. This is an episode in American history that everyone needs to know.
The film, which is 35 minutes in length, will be introduced by the filmmaker Laura Seltzer-Duny. It will be followed by a panel discussion moderated by Michael Dobbs of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, author of The Unwanted, and featuring Eleanor Roosevelt’s biographer Blanche Wiesen Cook.
(Photo: Passengers on board the Quanza, unable to disembark, 1940)
Presented by American Sephardi Federation & Sousa Mendes Foundation.
Tickets: $20 general; $120 sponsorship ticket includes VIP luncheon at 12:30 pm.