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"Aristides de Sousa Mendes was Portugal’s consul-general in Bordeaux, France, in May of 1940. He was torn by the plight of Jewish families gathered outside his consulate hoping for safe transit visas that would take them to neutral Portugal. He handed out hundreds until his government expressly demanded he stop. “I choose to stand with God against man than with man against God,” he declared, defiantly handing out thousands more visas. For his efforts, he was stripped of his diplomatic career ... World War, Refug Flee, German Military, Aristides De, Sousa, Portuguese Diplomat, War Ii, Sousa Mendes, Aristid De
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Aristides de Sousa Mendes (1885 - 1954) was a Portuguese diplomat, Consul of Portugal in Bordeaux in the year of the invasion of France by Nazi Germany in World War II. Sousa Mendes defied direct orders of Salazar, and granted 30 000 visas for entry in Portugal to refugees of all nationalities who wanted to flee France in 1940. He saved tens of thousands people of Holocaust and is therefore called "the Portuguese Schindler" saving lives of people, of which about 10,000 were Jews.
MADELEINE LEBEAU and the Jewish Dalio fled Paris ahead of the invading German Army and reached Lisbon. They are presumed to have received transit visas from Aristides de Sousa Mendes, allowing them to enter Spain and journey on to Portugal. It took them two months to obtain visas to Chile. However, when their ship, the S.S. Quanza, stopped in Mexico, they were stranded (along with around 200 other passengers) when the Chilean visas they had purchased turned out to be forgeries.
Bearing Witness to the Holocaust: A German Jewish Girl Who Was Part of the Kindertransport (1939) Posted on March 10, 2009 This German Jewish girl (age 7) was part of the Kindertransport that, in 1939, got 10,000 Jewish children out of Nazi-controlled areas of Europe. Her name: Dorrith Oppenheim. She ended up in Scotland. Her parents died at Auschwitz in 1944.