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Diplomats Who Risked It All to Save Lives

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Calendar   Workshops
Location Facebook Live
Date Fri, Jun 18, 8:30am - 9:00am
Duration   30m

While posted in Berlin, American diplomat Raymond Geist worked within a restrictive immigration system to help save as many victims of Nazi persecution as he could, including Albert Einstein and Sigmund Freud. Another diplomat, Colonel José Arturo Castellanos of El Salvador and his first secretary, Jewish businessman George Mandel-Mantello, defied government instructions by providing citizenship certificates to thousands of European Jews who had no connection to El Salvador—most didn’t even speak Spanish. Join the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum as they commemorate World Refugee Day and honor diplomats who dared to take great risks to offer refuge and save lives.

Dr. Lisa Leff, Director of the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Dr. Edna Friedberg, Historian, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

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