"Nobody Wants Us" — NEW YORK PREMIERE

The Sousa Mendes Foundation and the American Sephardi Federation present the New York premiere of the documentary film.

In August of 1940, a ship called the S.S. Quanza left the port of Lisbon carrying several hundred Jewish refugees — most of whom held Sousa Mendes visas — to freedom. But events went terribly wrong, and the passengers became trapped on the ship because no country would take them in. The new documentary "Nobody Wants Us" tells the gripping true story of how Eleanor Roosevelt herself stepped in to save the passengers on board because of her moral conviction that they were not “undesirables” (as the U.S. State Department labeled them), but rather “future patriotic Americans.”

This is an episode in American history that everyone needs to know. The film, which is 35 minutes in length, will be introduced by the director, Laura Seltzer-Duny, and then followed by a panel discussion featuring Blanche Wiesen Cook, the leading world expert on Eleanor Roosevelt and the author of her three-volume biography; Michael Dobbs of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and author of "The Unwanted" (2019); Annette Lachmann, who was a passenger on the Quanza in 1940; Kathleen Rand, whose father Wolf Rand was the passenger who successfully filed suit against the shipping company, forcing the vessel to remain in port until the conflict was resolved; and Stephen Morewitz, the leading world expert on the Quanza story, whose grandparents' Norfolk, Virginia law firm of Morewitz & Morewitz was hired by Wolf Rand and successfully litigated the case.


Sunday, August 11, 2019 - 2:00pm


Center for Jewish History
15 W. 16th St.
New York, NY 10011




$20; $120 includes film and VIP luncheon

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