Tag: Sousa Mendes

Aristides de Sousa Mendes was a Portuguese diplomat stationed in France during World War II. He ignored and defied the orders of his own government for the safety of war refugees fleeing from invading German military forces. Between June 16 and June 23, 1940, he frantically issued Portuguese visas to over 30,000 refugees, 12,000 of whom were Jews. His amazing story has until recently been forgotten in both Portugal and around the world.

November 7, 2010 / Audio

He died disgraced and impoverished, asking his children to one day clear his name. Decades later, the story of how that man, Aristides de Sousa Mendes, helped save thousands upon thousands of lives during World War II, is finally spreading around the world.

Today his family and descendants of those that were saved by his actions are working to restore not only his name, legacy, and to ensure that his story lives on.

My guest on this podcast is one of the founders of the Sousa Mendes Foundation, herself the daughter and grand daughter of Sousa Mendes visa recipients: Olivia Mattis. In this conversation she tells the story of Sousa Mendes, what becam

February 21, 2008 / Video

Aristides de Sousa Mendes ignored the orders of the facist Portuguese government during WWII, by helping people escape to Portugal. A diplomat in Bordeaux, he gave visas to thousands of Jewish and nonJewish refugees trying to escape the Nazi occupation. When it was discovered, he…