Ajuda-nos a separar os "homens bons", dos outros.
Nowadays, an Internet search by the name of Sousa Mendes generates 903 000 results, but this simple blog continues to appear in the top ten . Outside of the groups on Facebook , etc.
The story of what Aristides de Sousa Mendes did merits more and more attention internationally, for the issues of persecution , tolerance , conscience, disobedience and altruism upon which it causes us to reflect. Themes which unfortunately remain just as relevant today, considering the timeliness of various forms of " ethnic cleansing " , to which Sousa Mendes and other diplomats and rescuers were not indifferent in a Europe at war.
And Sousa Mendes's decision to give visas to all in contravention of the orders of the government of Salazar remains controversial , of course . Moreover, if those actions were not controversial , if everyone had done what he did , there would be nothing to talk about. And millions more persons would have been saved.
And what about us, after "they take our neighbors, when they come for us " ... what shall WE do?
This is the main issue that seems to escape the authors of some of the thousands of articles and contents about Sousa Mendes appearing on the internet . Articles that sometimes get lost in trivia and gossipy details about his personal life, the ancestors, the family, the career, etc. .
Men are NOT all alike, much less their actions, and much, much less the articles and texts written about them.
To better understand the story of Aristides de Sousa Mendes, see above the links to articles that need to be read with a critically, separating the essential lessons of Sousa Mendes from the trivia and the lies.
So, it's good that Aristides de Sousa Mendes remains controversial today.
Controversy helps us to separate the " good men ", from the others.