Visa Recipients

  • VOS, Anna P A
    Age 1 | Visa #1642
  • VOS, Elias P A
    Age 32 | Visa #1642
  • VOS, Eva Simone P A
    Age 4 | Visa #1642
  • VOS, Rosine Berthe P A
    Age 29 | Visa #1642

About the Family

The VOS family, from the Netherlands, received a visa from Aristides de Sousa Mendes in Bordeaux on June 15, 1940. The family shared one passport and, hence, one visa.

They crossed into Portugal, where they resided in Coimbra. They subsequently sailed on the ship Hakone Maru from Lisbon to Shanghai, and were denied shore leave when the shipped docked in Los Angeles. They ended up in Indonesia where they were imprisoned by the Japanese for three years in separate camps before being able to go to Australia.

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Visa issued to VOS family in Bordeaux


Page of Sousa Mendes Visa Registry Book listing this family and others - Courtesy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs archives, Lisbon