Rabbi Chaim Kruger and Aristides de Sousa Mendes

Rabbi Chaim Kruger and Aristides de Sousa Mendes


Chaim Kruger was a Chassidic Rabbi, originally from Poland but more recently from Brussels, escaping with his wife and five children. Kruger and Sousa Mendes met by chance in Bordeaux, and quickly became friends. Sousa Mendes offered a visa to the Kruger family but Kruger refused to accept the visa unless all of his "brothers and sisters" (the mass of Jewish refugees stranded on the streets of Bordeaux) received visas too.

Sousa Mendes had a nervous breakdown and secluded himself in prayer questioning whether or not he should issue as many visas as he could, saving lives at the expense of his own career.

On June 16, despite his seclusion, Sousa Mendes issued 40 visas, including those for the Rothschild family, and he was paid his customary personal compensation fee for issuing visas on a Sunday. On June 17 Sousa Mendes emerged from his seclusion, impelled by "a divine power," began issuing as many visas as he could, ultimately saving between 10,000 and 30,000 people from the Nazis.

The modern saints series includes people from all over the world who have left us wonderful examples of faith and witness. 

This icon is painted in acrylic on a Loxley Gold box canvas and has two layers of varnish. It is signed on the reverse in pencil. All edges are painted and varnished.

This is one of a series of modern saints.

The image size is 20cm x 25cm (8" x 10").

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