Portuguese diplomat Sousa Mendes risked his life to issue 10,000 visas to Jews to help them escape Europe during the Holocaust. A program at 6 p.m., Tuesday, July 8 at the Student Union Building Special Events Center at Boise State University will feature the screening "The Sousa Mendes Story."
Harry Oesterreicher, whose father and grandfather received life-saving visas because of Mendes, will speak on Mendes' heroism. Oesterreicher is the director of the Sousa Mendes Foundation.
Mendes' work is considered the single largest rescue of Jews by an individual.
The program, sponsored by the Boise State Arts and Humanities Institute, Department of History, Housing and Residence Life, and the Wassmuth Center for Human Rights, is free.
On a related note, the Wassmuth Center is also hosting a screening of "Ida" at 7 p.m., Thursday, July 10 at The Flicks, 646 Fulton St. Tickets are $10. Lynn Lubamersky, an associate professor in the history department at Boise State will speak following the film.
"Ida" tells the story of a young woman in the process of becoming a nun in post-war Poland. She discovers she has Jewish origins.
Additional screenings of the film will be available at The Flicks. The film received numerous awards, including being chosen as an "official selection" at the Sundance and Telluride film festivals.