23 Aug. 1940

Letter from Aristides de Sousa Mendes to the Foreign Ministry requesting that an article published in the Lisbon daily Diário de Notícias be appended to his defense. The article, dated 14 August 1940 and entitled “Portugal has always been Christian”, is about “the hospitality shown by Portugal” to foreigners and highlights “the absolute impartiality that characterizes the understanding attitude that has, individually and nationally, inspired our welcome, without preferences for nationalities or reservations of opinions, to all those who harassed by panic or hardship have beaten on our door”.

(AHD – Disciplinary Proceedings against Aristides de Sousa Mendes)
In documents: Aristides de Sousa Mendes