Search visa recipients by Region in Portugal where they Lived During the exodus:

On June 24, 1940, the government of Portugal ordered the border crossing from Hendaye, France to Irun, Spain to be sealed in order to prevent bearers of Sousa Mendes visas from reaching Portugal.  The New York Times estimated that around 10,000 refugees were thus stranded at the border and trapped in Nazi-occupied France.  On this page are listed all known Sousa Mendes visa recipients who were unable to cross into Portugal or who found alternate exit routes from Nazi-occupied Europe.  Some of the refugees who remained in France went into hiding for the remainder of the war.  Of those, some survived the war and others were denounced, deported and murdered in the Holocaust.

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