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Angel-Sanz-Briz

Chargé d’Affaires at the Spanish Legation in Budapest, arrived in 1944 as violence against Jews was reaching a high point. He immediately offered to provide Spanish identity documents to Jews of Spanish origin and negotiated with the Hungarian authorities to protect them. Permitted to document two hundred, he expanded that number exponentially. He sheltered and provisioned Jews in Spanish safe houses and had the International Red Cross put Spanish flags on hospitals, orphanages and maternity clinics to further shelter Jews in these “extraterritorial” properties. Most of the Jews saved were not Spanish. Sanz Briz was recalled in December 1944, having saved the lives of thousands in the span of mere months. He was honored as Righteous Among the Nations on October 18, 1966.