Government finally recognises Portuguese hero who saved thousands of Jewish refugees from Holocaust

Eighty years ago, a middle-aged, mid-ranking diplomat sank into deep depression and watched his hair turn grey in days, as he saw the streets of Bordeaux filling with Jewish refugees fleeing the Nazis. As Portugal's consul in Bordeaux, Aristides de Sousa Mendes faced a moral dilemma. Should he obey Salazar’s government orders or listen to his own conscience and supply Jews with the visas that would allow them to escape from advancing German forces?

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