Portugal More on Aristides de Sousa Mendes #holocaust
Jan Meisels Allen
Aristedes de Sous Mendes about 1940
I recently posted about Portugal recognizing Consul who saved thousands from Holocaust—Aristedes de Sousa Mendes.
“Aristides de Sousa Mendes (1885-1954) was Portugal’s consul in Bordeaux during World War ll. He supplied Jews with visas that permitted them to escape from advancing German forces. His decision to save the Jews’ lives cost him his diplomatic career under Portuguese dictator António de Oliveira Salazar. The foreign ministry in Lisbon began sending cablegrams to Bordeaux, ordering him to desist, amid reports from colleagues that he had "lost his senses".
Stanley Diamond, Chairman of Jewish Records Indexing, Inc also posted about his personal relationship with one of the people who Sousa-Mendes saved. Stanley has kindly shared a posting from the Sousa Mendes Foundation announcing that The New York Times
Published a long and detailed story on the actions of Sousa Mendes and the work of the Sousa Mendes Foundation.
“So far, 3,907 of the recipients of the visas issued by Mr. Sousa Mendes have been identified publicly. About half were Jews. In 2013, some of their descendants undertook an emotional pilgrimage to the small town in central Portugal where Mr. Sousa Mendes was born and is buried in a family crypt, and participants held a remembrance ceremony at the site.” NY Times June 19, 2020
Last week the Portuguse Parliament voted to put a cenotaph dedicated to Sousa Mendes in the national Pantheon in Lisbon. Due to the pandemic No date has been scheduled yet for the inauguration of the cenotaph,
To read the NYTimes article go to:
Thank you to Stanley Diamond for sharing this information with us.
I have no affiliation with the Sousa Mendes Foundation and am posting this solely for the information of the reader.
Jan Meisels Allen
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee