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Oral history interview with Sebastian Mendes

Oral History | Digitized | Accession Number: 1989.67.56 | RG Number: RG-50.012.0056

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    Oral history interview with Sebastian Mendes


    Interview Summary
    Sebastian Mendes, born in San Francisco, CA in 1923, describes his Catholic family and childhood; his father’s work as the Consul-General for Portugal; moving to Bordeaux for his father’s work in 1938; being number 10 out of 14 children; staying with some of his siblings in Portugal after 1939 which his parents and older siblings went back to France; his father’s work issuing visas and false passports for and a half years before the war; his father losing his job in 1940 ; writing a book about his parents; having trees planted for his father in Israel; returning to the United States; and starting a family after the war.
    Sebastian Mendes
    Gay Block
    Malka Drucker
    interview:  1987 October 28

    Physical Details

    Oral histories.
    1 videocassette (VHS) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..

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    Personal Name
    Mendes, Sebastian, 1923-

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    Gay Block
    Gay Block and Malka Drucker produced the interview with Sebastian Mendes on October 28,1987 for their book "Rescuers: Portraits of Moral Courage in the Holocaust," Holmes & Meier, 1992, as well as their documentary film "They Risked Their Lives: Rescuers of the Holocaust." The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Oral History Branch received the tapes of the interviews from Malka Drucker and Gay Block in March 1989.
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