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Eleanor Roosevelt and the Jewish Refugees She Saved: The Story of the S. S. Quanza
Center for Jewish History
10011, NY
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Date
Aug 11, 2019 2:00 PM



Admission Level Price Quantity
General Admission $20.00 ($21.99 w/service fee)
Sponsor Ticket $120.00 ($126.99 w/service fee)
$120 includes: VIP luncheon at 12:30PM before the event. $100 of this ticket price is tax-deductible. Money raised will help bring the film and educational materials into schools throughout the US  
 
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Eleanor Roosevelt and the Jewish Refugees She Saved: The Story of the S. S. Quanza
Synopsis:

In 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.  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.


Program:

The film, which is 35 minutes in length, will be introduced by the filmmaker Laura Seltzer-Duny and followed by a panel discussion moderated by Michael Dobbs of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, author of The Unwanted.  Other participants will include:

Blanche Wiesen Cook, the leading world expert on Eleanor Roosevelt and the author of her three-volume biography.

Annette Lachmann, who was a passenger on the Quanza in 1940.

Kathleen Rand, whose father Wolf Rand was the passenger who successfully filed suit against the shipping company, forcing the vessel to remain in port until the conflict was resolved.

Stephen Morewitz, the leading world expert on the Quanza story, whose grandparents Norfolk, Virginia law firm of Morewitz & Morewitz was hired by Wolf Rand and successfully litigated the case.

A wine and cheese reception will follow.



Significance of the story:

According to Michael Dobbs, The Quanza incident is a timely reminder that individuals make a difference.  Without visas supplied by the Portuguese diplomat Aristides de Sousa Mendes, many of the Jewish passengers on board the Quanza might well have been stranded in Nazi-occupied Europe.  Without the legal brilliance of a maritime lawyer named Jacob Morewitz, the ship would have been obliged to sail back to Europe. Without the intervention of First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, the passengers would not have been permitted to land.   It took three people, from entirely different backgrounds, to save dozens of lives that might otherwise have been lost.

Ticket information:

General admission:  $20

Sponsor ticket: $120 includes VIP luncheon before the event.  $100 of this ticket price is tax-deductible.  
Money raised will help bring the film and educational materials into schools throughout the United States.

Location

Center for Jewish History (View)
15 West 16th Street
10011, NY 10011
United States


Categories

Film > Movies

Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!

Contact

Owner: American Sephardi Federation
On BPT Since: Jan 15, 2016
 
American Sephardi Federation
212.548.4486
info@americansephardi.org
www.americansephardi.org
 

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