7 Jun. 1940

Official letter from the PVDE to the MNE communicating the imprisonment of 3 Polish subjects whose passports had visas issued by the Portuguese Consul in Bordeaux against all Instructions issued: “the repetition of these facts, which shows non-compliance with orders received, places the police in a difficult position as regards solving these cases as these individuals were not authorized to enter Portugal and will not be able to leave here as the other countries will not issue them with visas. We have drawn the attention of the Ministry several times concerning the behaviour of this Consul, who has issued visas in passports more than once without receiving the prior authorization of the Ministry and sometimes issues them without receiving a reply to requests previously made”.

(AHD – Consular Administration Department, R.C. – 779)
In documents: Aristides de Sousa Mendes