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Holiday volunteers needed for seniors

Jewish Family and Children's Services needs volunteers to visit seniors living in Bay Area nursing homes during the new year.

For information, call Sheryl Groden at JFCS, (415) 561-1244.

Event to commemorate WWII diplomats

Four diplomats who rescued a total of 100,000 refugees from the Nazis will be remembered at a public ceremony 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8 at the Cowell Theater in San Francisco's Fort Mason Center.

Dutch consul Jan Zwartendijk worked with Japan's Chiune Sugihara to save 6,000 Jews in Lithuania.

Portuguese Consul General in Bordeaux, France Aristides de-Sousa Mendes issued 30,000 visas to French, Luxembourgian and Belgian refugees fleeing Nazis.

Raoul Wallenberg, Swedish diplomat in Budapest, Hungary in 1944, issued diplomatic passports to more than 30,000 Hungarian Jews, preventing the Nazis from deporting them to death camps.

Hiroki Sugihara and John Paul Abranches, the sons of Sugihara and deSousa Mendes, will share their memories of their fathers.

The events coincide with two Fort Mason exhibits: "Visas for Life: The Righteous Diplomats" at Bayfront Gallery, Pier 2; and "The Unlikely Liberators — Witnessing the Holocaust" at African American Historical and Cultural Society, Building C-165.

The consul general of Japan also will honor the four at a private reception at his residence.

For information, call (415) 882-7092.

S.F. concert to feature Shoah songs

Israeli contralto Mira Zakai will perform a concert titled "The Sound of Memory" at 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7 at Golden Gate University Auditorium, 536 Mission St., S.F.

The concert, sponsored by the Consulate General of Israel, will feature a San Francisco premiere of music written during the Holocaust by French Jewish composer Robert Glanzberg, plus works by Israeli composers Verdina Shlonsky and Mary Even Or. Pianist will be Susanna Lemberskaya.

Tickets at the door are $7 for students and $10 general admission.