Reinstating the Name and Honor of a Portuguese Diplomat Who Rescued Jews During World War II: Community Social Work Strategies

By Robert Jacobvitz

Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA), Spring 2008

The author describes how he, applying principles of community organization, advocacy, and Jewish communal service within an international social work setting, was able to develop a successful international advocacy effort that restored the good name of a Catholic Portuguese diplomat, Dr. Aristides de Sousa Mendes, who chose to issue transit visas to Jews and other "undesirables" during World War II. The author created an international organizing effort to give honor to this man's name and establish his place in Portuguese history.

Topic: History, Community Relations, Shoah, Holocaust

Name of Publication: Journal of Jewish Communal Service

Editor: Linzer, Norman

Volume/Issue: vol.83/no.2-3

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Language: English

Copyright Holder: Publisher

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Bibliographic Information:
Jacobvitz, Robert. Reinstating the Name and Honor of a Portuguese Diplomat Who Rescued Jews During World War II: Community Social Work Strategies. Journal of Jewish Communal Service. Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA). Spring 2008: http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=3744


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