Last week, the Friends of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights were thrilled to host a performance of The Rescue: A Life Film-Concerto in Vancouver, in partnership with the Chutzpah! Festival. It was a wonderful, uplifting experience that shared the untold story of the diplomat from El Salvador who saved the lives of thousands during the Holocaust.
In 1942, José Arturo Castellanos was the Salvadoran ambassador to Switzerland. Seeing the plight of European Jews trying to flee Nazi persecution, he risked everything to issue more than 13,000 Salvadoran nationality papers via a network of diplomatic couriers to families in Hungary, Romania, France, the Netherlands and Germany. The Rescue was created by Col. Castellanos’ grandsons, Boris and Alvaro Castellanos. It combines a six-piece Latin chamber orchestra, led by Boris and Alvaro, with a documentary film about their grandfather and his legacy.
Thanks to all those who were able to join us for the performance! Thanks as well to the Diamond Foundation and the Reed Family for their generous support. If you would like to learn more about the work of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights in BC or across Canada, please don’t hesitate to get in touch!