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October 18, 2013
Toronto playground honours Second World War diplomat/humanitarian
City of Toronto Councillor Joe Mihevc (Ward 21 St. Paul's) and City staff will join representatives from Associação Cultural 25 de Abril; the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs; the Leo Baeck Day School; Sousa Mendes Foundation; and UJA Federation of Greater Toronto to unveil the Sousa Mendes Playground and plaque honouring Second World War diplomat and humanitarian Aristides de Sousa Mendes. His selfless choice to issue visas enabled thousands to escape the Nazi invasion into France in June 1940.

Date: Sunday, October 20
Time: 2 to 5 p.m., Entertainment starts at 1:30 p.m.
Location: Ceremony at 460 Arlington Ave., interviews and film at the Leo Baeck Day School, 501 Arlington Ave.

Pre-event interviews can be arranged with Sousa Mendes family members and recipients or family members of recipients of visas from Sousa Mendes.

Labourers' International Union of North America Local 183 donated the funds to install the plaque and wall. The newly designed Sousa Mendes Playground includes junior and senior play structures, an Apollo net climber, a sand box, and a new wood chip safety surface.

The event is listed as a Holocaust Education Week activity and will feature performances from the Jewish and Portuguese communities, a reception, interviews and a viewing of the film, Disobedience: The Sousa Mendes Story.

Limited parking is available at Phil White Arena at 443 Arlington Ave.

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