Aristides de Sousa Mendes
- Category : 1885-births
- Type : MGE
- Profile : 1/3 - Investigating / Martyr
- Definition : Split - Small (1,10,31,34,35)
- Incarnation Cross : RAX Laws 2
Portuguese diplomat, who, as Portuguese Consul-General in Bordeaux, France, defied the orders of Portugal's António de Oliveira Salazar dictatorship, issuing visas in 1940 to thousands of refugees fleeing from invading German military forces in the early period of World War II. He was punished by his government for his actions. He died on on April 3, 1954 but was later vindicated. He was honored posthumously by Yad Vashem as Righteous Among the Nations, the first diplomat to be so honored.