About the Author

Joan Arnay Halperin is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin at Madison, with a BA in Speech and Drama. She earned a Master of Arts Degree in TESOL, and devoted many years to teaching, grant writing and teacher training at various New York City Public Schools.

In 2012, while doing research for this book, Joan learned of Aristides de Sousa Mendes and his heroic acts. She now dedicates her energies to the Sousa Mendes Foundation as Director of Educational Initiatives (and babysitting the grandkids).

Joan is working on her second book, a memoir about reconciling her parents’ old-world values with a 1950’s teenager’s need to “fit in”.


  Joan presents  My Sister's Eyes  to President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa of Portugal   On July 3, 2016, Joan presented My Sister's Eyes to the Portuguese President  Marcelo   Rebelo de Sousa , as a part of the Sousa Mendes Foundation - " Journey on the Road to Freedom ".

Joan presents My Sister's Eyes to President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa of Portugal

On July 3, 2016, Joan presented My Sister's Eyes to the Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, as a part of the Sousa Mendes Foundation - "Journey on the Road to Freedom".


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