Re: Portugal Recognizes Consul who Saved thousands From Holocaust #holocaust


Consul Mendes spent 72 hours without sleep after his announcement writing the visas as described. His son, an artist, was a faculty member at Western Washington University in Bellingham, WA., US until his untimely death a few years ago. Before his death he undertook an art project involving his staying awake for 72 hours inscribing the many hundreds of names of the Jews who received visas from his father over and over, on top of each other, in a large art installation that was recently exhibited on the University campus as part of a larger Holocaust-related exhibit. It was extremely moving.

Henry S. Levine, MD
Bellingham, WA 

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