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Aristides De Sousa Mendes
Birth: 1885
Death: 1954

Portuguese Diplomat.

Sousa Mendes was was the Consul General in Bordeaux when France fell into the Nazi hands in 1940. Though the fascist dictator Antonio de Oliveira Salazar, whose personal belief highly favored Hitler, was able to preserve Portugal's neutrality during the war, he issued orders to all consuls not to grant visas to foreigners of questionable nationality or to Jews expelled from their countries. Following a few days crisis of conscience, he began issuing visas, an estimated total of about 30,000 of them, to help Jews and other persecuted minorities escape the Nazi terror. For his willful disobedience, he was dishonorably forced to quit his post. He found himself unable to continue his law career; and abandoned by his friends and colleagues. Deprived of his pension, he died in poverty in Lisbon in 1954, still in disgrace with his government. Sousa Mendes' posthumous honors include being listed as one of the "Righteous among the Nations" by Israel's Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial in 1966; and the Order of Liberty, one of Portugal's highest honors, in 1987.

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Record added: Dec 31, 2008
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- Keeper of the Stars
 Added: Sep. 28, 2014
Your actions saved countless numbers of Jewish people during the Holocaust. For this, your name has been listed as one of the "Righteous among the Nations". I am sorry that you were not recognized before your death, but I know the rewards you reap in Heav...(Read more)
- Kathie L. Webb Blair
 Added: Apr. 9, 2013
This Memorial Day, may your deeds again be remembered. God Bless you for all of the people you were instrumental in rescuing from a certain death in a concentration camp. May you Rest In Peace.
- Kathie L. Webb Blair
 Added: May. 29, 2012
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