Joan Arnay Halperin brings her family's story of rescue and loss during #WWII to Figueira da Foz and Carregal do Sal on an educational book tour. Students and teachers listen and react and the press takes notice.
Preview the guided tour of the "Fronteira da Paz Museum" - Vilar Formoso, Portugal.
Learn the destinies of refugees who fled Belgium and France in the thousands to find safe haven from Nazi terror in Portugal in 1940.
BUY My Sister's Eyes: A Family Chronicle of Rescue and Loss During World War II at their museum shop or the Sousa Mendes Foundation's store to learn of the Krakowiak family's rescue by Aristides de Sousa Mendes.
Aristides de Sousa Mendes visa recipients and grandsons were welcomed by President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa during the Sousa Mendes Foundation's 2016 - "Journey on the Road to Freedom" visit to the Presidential Place, Lisbon, Portugal.
- Sunday, April 8, 2018
My parents, Ignas and Hala; my sister Yvonne; my Uncle Hipek and Aunt Zosia; and my grandmother Julia Krakowiak are not listed on any of the Portuguese Consulate register pages created during those tumultuous days in 1940, when Aristides de Sousa Mendes gave a second chance at life to thousands of desperate refugees.
This testimonial recorded on January 1, 1989 in New York is proof that my family was among them.
Hala died never knowing whom to thank. Aristides de Sousa Mendes died never receiving the expressions of gratitude that thousands would have liked to have shown him.
This is my homage to them.
June 13, 2018 ---- Be There or Be Square!
Photos and stories that did not make it into My Sister's Eyes will be shared with Figueira da Foz's, Escola Básica Dr.João de Barros, teacher Helena Romão and her students who used the book to learn about one family saved by the #Portuguese #Holocaust rescuer Aristides de Sousa Mendes.
Many thanks to Arquiteta Luísa Pacheco Marques curator of the Fronteira da Paz Museum for the care shown to my sister Yvonne's Minho yarn doll, a parting gift from Alberto Malafaia, Portuguese friend of the Krakowiak family.
Alberto Malafaia (standing above left) , Hala and Ignas Krakowiak, Figueira da Foz, 1940-41.
Tell me honestly, if you can find a bettter example anywhere.
Google images for vintage Minho yarn dolls.
Speaking to an engaged group of 6th grade students who have already visited the Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center of Long island and heard the testimonies of two Holocaust survivors, Joan had the priviledge of sharing the story of how the #Holocaust hero, Portuguese Consul General Aristides de Sousa Mendes, saved the lives of thousands of desperate refugees by issuing visas for safe-haven in Portugal.
To the credit of their librarian, Ms. Ellen Widawsky, and the three sixth grade teachers the students are deepening their understanding of this the darkest of periods in world history by studying ghettos, Righteous Among the Nations and other details of the Shoah (The Hebrew word which appears in the Bible more than a dozen times, always to signify complete and utter destruction.)
The Chatterton School in Merrick, LI, NY is an example of the New York State school system at its best.
Keep up the good work. #NEVERAGAIN.
Congratulations to Íris, Patrícia, Catarina, Inês, João, Beatriz, Afonso, André, Matilde, and Duarte..
já começaram as suas micro-pesquisas, sobre personalidades da época do Holocausto (who have started their micro-inquiry into personalities of that time. ?? How's my Portuguese coming along??).
Here is their blog: The Freedom Lighthouse
Ignas, Hala and Yvonne Krakowiak were saved by visas issued by #Holocaust hero Aristides de Sousa Mendes. This photo was taken at Carnaval time. Yvonne is wearing a traditional Minho dress loaned to her by a sympathetic Portuguese friend of the family, Alberto Malafaia. Forte Santa Caterina - Figueira da Foz 1941.
This text and photos below are taken from the Figueira da Foz student blog:
VINTE E CINCO EXEMPLARES DA OBRA "MY SISTER'S EYES" ESTÃO A CHEGAR À ESCOLA EB 2,3 DR. JOÃO DE BARROS
É verdade! Graças ao esforço primeiro da autora Joan Halperin e da gentileza solidária da Sousa Mendes Foundation (Olivia Mattis) e da Drª Mariana Abrantes, vão chegar e poderão ser requisitados pelos nossos alunos! Obrigada a todas! Ah! E chegarão outros tantos marcadores de leitura...
Joan will be presenting My Sister's Eyes: A Family Chronicle of Rescue and Loss During World War II , her family's story, and speaking about the debt of gratitude she feels to Aristides de @SousaMendesFdn for having given them visas for safe haven in Portugal in June of 1940.
Here are the dates:
March 6th to a sixth grade on Long Island, NY;
April 7th to a synagogue study group in New Jersey;
April 20th to a synagogue congregation on Long Island, NY;
May 22nd to a high school history club on Long Island, NY;
June 6th and 13th to two high schools in #Portugal.