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Ambassador at the Brazilian Embassy in Paris, was named Righteous Among the Nations on June 2, 2003, for issuing hundreds of Brazilian visas to Jews and other refugees in 1940, in direct contravention of the orders from the Brazilian Minister of Foreign Affairs. He had sought and been granted extremely limited permission to grant visas to stateless persons; he and every foreign officer had been forbidden to grant visas to “Semites and other undesirables.” Not satisfied with simply relieving him of his position, the government sought judicial action against him. He retired before he could be charged.