VIDOR, Antonia (age 12)
VIDOR, Belinda (age 9)
VIDOR, King Wallis (Visa # 717 – age 46)

The above visa was issued by Aristides de Sousa Mendes in Bordeaux on April 30, 1940.

King VIDOR was a famous Hollywood director whose film Hallelujah! was the first major studio film to feature an all African-American cast. After receiving the visa from Aristides de Sousa Mendes, he and his daughters crossed into Portugal. They sailed from Lisbon to New York on the vessel Roma in May 1940.



Testimonial of King VIDOR

I have three daughters. During the war, in 1940, the last two daughters were living with their mother in Biarritz. I went over and took a room in a hotel. See, Eleanor and I were divorced in 1932. So I didn’t want the daughters to stay there though the war. And when they were coming from school one day, I just took them and we fled, left everything, fled to Spain. And then to the United States afterwards.