Humans at their best and worst

Does the name Aristides de Sousa Mendes mean anything to you? How about a huge, historic picture named “Guernica” by Pablo Picasso? I ask because they represent perhaps the best and worst of humanity and because I encountered both on a recent visit to Spain and Portugal.
Let’s start with the best. We went on a Lisbon tour with a remarkable historian and college teacher named Paulo Scheffer. He showed us around the city, giving us information I had never read or heard before. He’s writing a book about the history of Jews in Portugal. He’s a passionate, fascinating;
One of the people he mentioned was Aristides de Sousa Mendes. Scheffer said it’s too bad that a movie like “Schindler’s List” has not been made about Mendes. After hearing the story and reading more from other sources, I agree.
Mendes represented Portugal in Bordeaux, France, during World War II. Ignoring the orders

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