Aristides de Sousa Mendes was Consul of Portugal in Antwerp from 1929, before moving to Bordeaux in 1938.
His twin brother Cesar de Sousa Mendes, a former Minister of Foreign Affairs, was Embassador of Portugal to Warsaw, Poland from 1933 to 1939.
'Only a Phase': How Diplomats Misjudged Hitler's Rise
By Christoph Strupp
Correspondence from foreign diplomats in Berlin at the time reveals the extent to which they underestimated the dangers of the Nazi Party.
Four days earlier, Reich Chancellor Kurt von Schleicher had been dismissed just weeks after his election.