Apte/Goldmuntz/Steinberg

APTE, Jean Marcel aka Johnny (age 4)
APTE, Joseph (age 39)
APTE, Julia née STEINBERG (age 30)
GOLDMUNTZ, Andrée Huguette Paule (age 14)
GOLDMUNTZ, Edgar Lucien (age 11)
GOLDMUNTZ, Eliane (age 7)
GOLDMUNTZ, Julia née KLEINBERG (age 42)
GOLDMUNTZ, Leopold (age 49)
GOLDMUNTZ, Louis Sylvain (age 23)
GOLDMUNTZ, Lucien (Visa # 931 – age 19)
GOLDMUNTZ, Martin (age 17)
GOLDMUNTZ, Michel (age 60)
GOLDMUNTZ, Odette Fernande (age 16)
GOLDMUNTZ, Paulette (age 21)
GOLDMUNTZ, Rosa née STEINBERG (age 55)
GOLDMUNTZ, Sigmund/Simon (age 33)
GOLDMUNTZ, Sonia/Sophie née HARTVELD (age 31)
STEINBERG, Leon (age 56)
STEINBERG, Lucien (age 20)
STEINBERG, Nathalie née GOLDMUNTZ (age 45)

Some members of this extended family received Portuguese transit visas authorized by Aristides de Sousa Mendes in Bordeaux in June 1940. The GOLDMUNTZ-STEINBERG family had previously been denied visas by Salazar, the Portuguese head-of-state. Lucien STEINBERG received a visa signed by Emile Gissot, the Portuguese consul in Toulouse acting under instructions from Aristides de Sousa Mendes, on June 25, 1940. Oral testimony of Odette CHERTOK née GOLDMUNTZ, combined with information from passenger lists, suggests that the entire family may have received visas granted by Sousa Mendes or his subordinates.

After crossing into Portugal, the families sailed from Lisbon to New York in three separate groups: Leopold and Julia GOLDMUNTZ (daughter of Rosa KLEINBERG), along with their children Andree, Edgar, and Odette, sailed on the Quanza in August 1940. Sigmund, Sonia and Eliane GOLDMUNTZ traveled on the Nyassa in November 1940. On the Serpa Pinto in December 1940 were the APTE family along with Michel and Rosa GOLDMUNTZ and their children, Louis Sylvain, Paulette, and Martin. In March 1941, Leon and Nathalie STEINBERG made the crossing on the Serpa Pinto.

Lucien GOLDMUNTZ was a US citizen. He did not use his Portuguese transit visa; he sailed on the SS Washington from Le Verdon, France to New York in June 1940. Lucien STEINBERG, first cousin of Lucien GOLDMUNTZ, made his way into Portugal in October 1940 and subsequently traveled from Lisbon to New York on the vessel Serpa Pinto in January 1941.

Joseph & Julia APTE

Joseph & Julia
APTE

Johnny APTE in 1960s

Johnny APTE
in the 1960s

Martin & Michel GOLDMUNTZ

Martin & Michel
GOLDMUNTZ













Rosa GOLDMUNTZ

Rosa GOLDMUNTZ

Paulette GOLDMUNTZ

Paulette GOLDMUNTZ

Leopold GOLDMUNTZ

Leopold GOLDMUNTZ












Julia GOLDMUNTZ

Julia GOLDMUNTZ

Odette GOLDMUNTZ

Odette GOLDMUNTZ

Sonia GOLDMUNTZ

Sonia GOLDMUNTZ












Leon STEINBERG

Leon STEINBERG

Nathalie STEINBERG

Nathalie STEINBERG












Lucien GOLDMUNTZ

Lucien GOLDMUNTZ

Lucien STEINBERG

Lucien STEINBERG












Visa signed by Emile Gissot for Lucien STEINBERG

Visa signed by Emile Gissot for Lucien STEINBERG

Telegram from Salazar to Sousa Mendes

Telegram from Salazar, denying visas to GOLDMUNTZ and STEINBERG families among others