Visa al Paraiso - CANCELLED

03/03/2014 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
WT Young Library
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Join us for a film showing co-sponsored by Jewish Studies and Viva Mexico! This documentary is narrated by Gilberto Bosques and some of the protagonists of the Jewish and Spanish Republican refugees who arrived in Mexico between 1939 and 1942. After the defeat in the Civil War against Franco, Mexican president Lázaro Cárdenas sent Bosques to serve as Consul General in Paris. Once the war broke out, the consulate had to move to Marseilles, where Bosques dedicated his prodigious energies to rescuing as many people as possible by issuing them passports to Mexico. He was responsible for saving the lives of thousands of Jews and Spaniards persecuted by fascism. VISA AL PARAISO is a testimony to this unknown humanitarian mission that to this day remains a remarkable chapter of the history of Mexico.