- QUITTNER, Gisèle Alice Beatrice née ALLATINI P A T
Age 59 | Visa #1399
About the Individual
Gisèle QUITTNER received a visa from Aristides de Sousa Mendes in Bordeaux on June 12, 1940, after having been explicitly denied in two separate telegrams by Salazar, the Portuguese head of state.
She crossed into Portugal, where she lived in Figueira da Foz. She later emigrated to the United States.
Telegram from Salazar denying visas to this family and others - Courtesy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs archives, Lisbon
Telegram from Salazar denying visas to Gisèle QUITTNER and Max PODLIASCHUK - Courtesy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs archives, Lisbon
Page of Sousa Mendes Visa Registry Book listing this family and others - Courtesy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs archives, Lisbon
Letter from Gisèle QUITTNER to Aristides de Sousa Mendes, written on August 12, 1940 in support of his defense in the disciplinary hearings in Portugal
I am writing to tell you how deeply admired you are in all the countries where you were consul. You are Portugal's best propaganda and an honor to your country. All those who know you praise your courage, your great heart, your gentlemanly spirit, and say: If all Portuguese are like Consul General Mendes they are a people of gentlemen and heroes.