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Aristides de Sousa Mendes

1885 - 1954

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Aristides de Sousa Mendes do Amaral e Abranches (Portuguese pronunciation: [ɐɾiʃˈtiðɨʒ ðɨ ˈsowzɐ ˈmẽdɨʃ]) GCC, OL (July 19, 1885 – April 3, 1954) was a Portuguese consul during World War II. As the Portuguese consul-general in the French city of Bordeaux, he defied the orders of António de Oliveira Salazar's Estado Novo regime, issuing visas and passports to an undetermined number of refugees fleeing Nazi Germany, including Jews. For this, Sousa Mendes was punished by the Salazar regime with one year of inactivity with the right to one half of his rank's pay, being obliged subsequently to be retired. However, he ended up never being expelled from the foreign service nor forced to retire and he received a full consul salary until his death in 1954. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Aristides de Sousa Mendes has received more than 320,193 page views. His biography is available in 22 different languages on Wikipedia. Aristides de Sousa Mendes is the 4,318th most popular politician (up from 5,967th in 2019), the 99th most popular biography from Portugal (up from 134th in 2019) and the 58th most popular Portuguese Politician.

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Among POLITICIANS

Among politicians, Aristides de Sousa Mendes ranks 4,318 out of 15,710Before him are Pál Teleki, Salva Kiir Mayardit, Phraortes, Abbas Mirza, Vladislaus II, Duke of Bohemia, and Louis II, Duke of Bourbon. After him are Renata of Lorraine, Katō Kiyomasa, Joan I, Countess of Auvergne, Duke Wen of Jin, Ramiro I of Asturias, and Shabaka.

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Contemporaries

Among people born in 1885, Aristides de Sousa Mendes ranks 53Before him are Otto Klemperer, Giacomo Matteotti, Tamara Karsavina, George Minot, Velimir Khlebnikov, and Clementine Churchill. After him are Kato Svanidze, Egon Kisch, Per Albin Hansson, Sacha Guitry, Theda Bara, and Viktor Schauberger. Among people deceased in 1954, Aristides de Sousa Mendes ranks 30Before him are Léon Jouhaux, Martin Andersen Nexø, Duchess Cecilie of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Thea von Harbou, Gideon Sundback, and Charles Edward, Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha. After him are Franco Alfano, Archduke Eugen of Austria, Jörg Lanz von Liebenfels, Sadriddin Ayni, Stig Dagerman, and Oscar Straus.

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In Portugal

Among people born in Portugal, Aristides de Sousa Mendes ranks 99 out of 479Before him are Pedro Fernandes de Queirós (1565), Wamba (630), Eleanor of Viseu (1458), Óscar Carmona (1869), Pedro Nunes (1502), and Maria Teresa, Princess of Beira (1793). After him are António, Prior of Crato (1531), José Maria de Eça de Queirós (1845), Matilda of Savoy, Queen of Portugal (1125), João Gonçalves Zarco (1390), Antonio Damasio (1944), and Afonso, Prince of Portugal (1475).

Among POLITICIANS In Portugal

Among politicians born in Portugal, Aristides de Sousa Mendes ranks 58Before him are Joseph Nasi (1524), Gracia Mendes Nasi (1510), Wamba (630), Eleanor of Viseu (1458), Óscar Carmona (1869), and Maria Teresa, Princess of Beira (1793). After him are António, Prior of Crato (1531), Matilda of Savoy, Queen of Portugal (1125), Beatrice of Portugal, Duchess of Savoy (1504), António Lobo Antunes (1942), Ferdinand, Duke of Viseu (1433), and António Costa (1961).