According to the article, Richard C. Holbrooke, former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, speaking at the cerimony highlighted especially the story of Aristides de Sousa Mendes, a Portuguese aristocrat with 12 children, who issued visas to Jews and other refugees seeking passage out of Bordeaux through Spain and Portugal. He was removed from office within weeks and died in poverty. It was only in 1987 that President Mario Soares restored his name.
The Government was upset and on June 23 stripped him of his authority. Returning to his home in Cabanas de Viriato the next month, ahe further agravated the authorities by acknowledging his deeds and defending them straightforwardly on humanitarian and religious grounds and harboring some of the refugees, including Belgian officials who later formed the resistance government.
Rabbi Arthur Schneier Center for International Affairs of Yeshiva University founded the Appeal of Conscience Foundation
“Discipline Versus Dissent: A Dilemma in Times of Moral Crisis" by Rabbi Arthur Schneier, Center for International Affairs of Yeshiva University, KTAV Press