QUITTNER, Gisèle Alice Beatrice née ALLATINI (Visa # 1399 – age 59)
The above visa was issued by Aristides de Sousa Mendes in Bordeaux on June 12, 1940, after having been explicitly denied by Salazar, the Portuguese head of state.
Gisèle QUITTNER crossed into Portugal and emigrated to the United States.
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.