Visa Recipients

  • WESSELA, Marta A
    Age 44
  • WESSELY, Hugo A
    Age 62

About the Family

The WESSELY couple received visas from Aristides de Sousa Mendes in Bordeaux in June 1940 after having been explicitly denied by Salazar, the Portuguese head of state.

They crossed into Portugal and traveled to Cuba. They subsequently traveled on the vessel American Flag Toloa from Havana to New Orleans in October of 1940.

  • Artifact

Telegram from Salazar denying visas to this family and others - Courtesy of the Portuguese Ministry of Foreign Affairs archives, Lisbon