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Oral history interview with John Paul Abranches

Oral History | Accession Number: 1999.A.0122.993 | RG Number: RG-50.477.0993

John Paul Abranches, born in 1931 in Belgium, describes being the youngest of 13 children; his father, Aristides de Sousa Mendes, who was a Portuguese diplomat and was the second largest rescuer during the Holocaust (he saved over 30,000 people by giving them visas to Portugal, defying the Portuguese authority); his family’s Christian faith and their belief that helping Jewish refugees was the right thing to do; his father’s death in 1954; the treatment of the family by the Catholic Church or from the Portuguese government after the Holocaust; and his pride for what his father did.

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Interviewee
John P. Abranches
Interviewer
Moshe Morris
Date
interview:  1996 September 10
Language
English
Extent
2 videocassettes (SVHS) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Jewish Family and Children's Services of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties
 
Record last modified: 2020-03-26 09:36:57
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