Sousa mendes left bordeaux on july 8 and returned to lisbon, portugal. The views expressed here are his own unless otherwise noted. He was dismissed from the diplomatic service and was denied retirement and severance benefits. Five sousa mendes visa recipients and their families were on hand to welcome the president, and representatives of the sousa mendes foundation. Most sought to enter spain, proceed to portugal, and then escape by ship. Portugals schindler is remembered, decades after his lifesaving deeds. Sousa mendes, portugals consul in bordeaux when germany. The sousa mendes visa recipients came from fortynine countries and all walks of life. Apr 08, 2011 the strain caused the fracturing of his family, and in 1954 sousa mendes died in poverty and obscurity. At the time of the german invasion of france he was the portuguese consul to bordeaux, a catholic gentleman of aristocratic origins in late middle.
We saw the movie with a different english title, disobedience. This article about a person or group of people is a stub. Michele, who is of italian and sephardic descent, has some serious jewish. Between june 16 and 23, 1940, he frantically issued portuguese visas free of charge, to over 30,000 refugees seeking to escape the nazi terror, 12,000 of whom were jews. A ten part series on southern italian wine to be sold to an international streaming. As the portuguese consulgeneral in bordeaux, france, during world war ii, sousa mendes was responsible for saving the lives of thousands of people. His disobedience again angered the portuguese government. Sousa mendes saved more lives than schindler so why isnt he. Dekel hoped that a dozen people would download the episode. They were jews and nonjews, public figures and private citizens, most with passports but many without. As the portuguese consul stationed in bordeaux, france, he found himself confronted in may and june of 1940 with the reality of many thousands of refugees outside the portuguese consulate attempting to escape the horrors of the nazi war machine. After filling posts in various capitals including the united states and europe, he was posted to bordeaux, france, as the portuguese consulgeneral. The sousa mendes foundation is interested in tracking the fates of all visa recipients, no matter their stories. April 1954 in lissabon war ein portugiesischer diplomat.
Portugals schindler is remembered, decades after his. He issued visas to 30,000 refugees, the majority of whom were jews fleeing the nazis, helping them to avoid certain death. A tradicao familiar apontavalhe a carreira juridica licenciouse em direito pela. In portugal, a protector of a people is honored the new york times. A portuguese diplomat in the kingdom of heaven the forward. Born into an aristocratic portuguese family, mendes chose a diplomatic career for himself.
Having graduated in law, in the university of coimbra, in 1907, aristides unlike his father, who was a judge and his twin brother, who embarked in politics chooses to follow a consular career, mainly connected to administrative aspects, in particular the. Rifiutandosi di eseguire gli ordini del suo governo il regime di salazar e concedendo visti a rifugiati di tutte le nazionalita che dovevano fuggire dalla francia nel 1940, anno dellinvasione della francia da parte della germania nazista nella seconda guerra mondiale. Now, 72 years after the bordeaux events, an important new development is occurring. Portugals schindler is remembered, decades after his lifesaving. Yet he is reported to have saved 30,000 people during the holocaust, 12,000 of them jews. He was a portuguese diplomat who served his country for 30 years.
Sousa mendes saved more lives than schindler so why isnt. Aug 04, 2016 portugals schindler is remembered, decades after his lifesaving deeds. Those attributes led him to openly defy his government to save the lives of thousands of people. Bordeaux, france may 1940 on may 10, 1940, germany invaded france and swiftly advanced south through the country.
In order to cross the french border into spain, the refugees needed. His twin brother cesar, born a few minutes earlier, had a july 18 birthday. The guardian reports that his final wish was that his name be restored. Yet disobeying orders meant certain personal disaster for sousa mendes, and for his wife and 14 children.814 1550 70 1265 418 843 547 1137 1090 776 496 987 1470 665 60 809 472 1321 292 292 1523 1167 724 934 181 854 442 1144 1325 712 869 1399 900 1338 316