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In Bordeaux, France, 1940, Portuguese diplomat Aristides de Sousa Mendes issued an estimated 30,000 Portuguese travel visas in order to Jewish families flee persecution from the Nazis. Once his superiors had learned of his actions, he was ordered back to Portugal, dismissed from office and denied his pension benefits. Sousa Mendes went on to die in 1954, impoverished and unsung.

In Bordeaux, France, 1940, Portuguese diplomat Aristides de Sousa Mendes issued an estimated 30,000 Portuguese travel visas in order to Jewish families flee persecution from the Nazis. Once his superiors had learned of his actions, he was ordered back to Portugal, dismissed from office and denied his pension benefits. Sousa Mendes went on to die in 1954, impoverished and unsung.

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