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Our Hebrews: The Tuscan Mountain Village that Rescued its Jewish Population

Hosted By: Sousa Mendes Foundation

Little Jerusalem: that is how the locals refer to the town of Pitigliano in southern Tuscany, because of its striking resemblance to Israel’s ancient city. Through the medieval stone walls, the fascinating story of centuries of harmonious co-existence between Jews and Christians is told for the first time, including the Heroic Acts performed by the locals during the Holocaust. 

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Dr. Mordecai Paldiel

Dr. Mordecai Paldiel headed the Righteous Among the Nations Department at Yad Vashem from 1982-2007. His books include The Path of the Righteous, Sheltering the Jews, Saving the Jews, Diplomat Heroes of the Holocaust, Saving One’s Own: Jewish Rescuers During the Holocaust and The Righteous Among the Nations. He teaches at Stern College and Touro College and serves on the Board of the Sousa Mendes Foundation. Thanks to his efforts, there is now a square named for Aristides de Sousa Mendes as well as a street named for Raoul Wallenberg, both in Jerusalem. He is a member of the B’nai Brith committee in Israel honoring Jewish rescuers of Jews during the Holocaust.
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Naor Menningher

Naor Menningher is an Israeli filmmaker and content creator who has been traveling to the Tuscan village of Pitigliano with his family since childhood, and he is the first person to document its ancient Jewish history. He graduated from Steve Tisch Film School at Tel Aviv University in 2016, and his short films The Rat’s Dilemma, An Old Score and OUR HEBREWS were screened in dozens of festivals and won several awards. Naor is the co-host of the Two Nice Jewish Boys Podcast and the creator of the Italy Guy vlog on YouTube.
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Sousa Mendes Foundation

Founded in 2010, the Sousa Mendes Foundation is dedicated to honoring the memory of the Holocaust rescuer Aristides de Sousa Mendes and to educating the world about his good work.
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