On February 29, 2012 CAPTAIN BARROS BASTOwas cleared of all charges that had led to his dismissal from the Portuguese army by the National Assembly of Portugal. which voted unanimously upon the recommendation of Carlos Abreu Amorim and Fernando Negrão, members of the Civil Rights Committee of the National Assembly. They found the accusations of 1937 (and confirmed in 1975) against the Captain to be baseless and motivated by antisemitism. He was reinstated into the Portuguese army in March 2012 with the rank of Colonel.
The Captain's granddaughter, Isabel Ferreira Lopes, who like her grandmother and mother have campaigned relentlessly for the rehabilitation of her grandfather, called the 1937 decision immoral, not her grandfather. She gratefully acknowledged the courage of the Civil Rights committee and the National Assembly in righting a historic wrong. She called it a victory for her grandfather, a victory for Portuguese Marranos, a victory for all Portuguese people,and a victory for all people fighting injustice. Abraham H. Foxman, the National Director of the Anti-Defamation League congratulated Portugal's National Assembly and said,
“The vote was not only in favor of reinstating him, but was also in favor of Portugal’s honor. Just as this act of discrimination reflected a larger societal problem at the time, the long overdue rehabilitation of Captain Barros Basto reflects Portugal’s commitment to human rights today.”
They included 10,000 Jews saved by giving them a Portuguese visa. while acting as the Portuguese consul in Bordeaux when Germany invaded Belgium and the Netherlands. The Portuguese Government had prohibited crossings, especially of Jewish refugees. Only British citizens recommended by the British consul could get visas.
He was Instructed to return to Lisbon and dismissed for what he had done. He died in poverty.
In 1966, Yad Vashem recognized him as one of the Righteous Among the Nations. In 1987, the Portuguese Republic awarded him a posthumous Order of Liberty medal, one of their highest honors.
In 1988 the Portuguese Parliament dismissed all charges, restoring him to the diplomatic corps by unanimous vote and honouring him with a standing ovation. He was promoted to the rank of Ambassador and given the Cross of Merit .
In 1994 former President Soares dedicated his bust and a commemorative plaque where the consulate at Bordeaux had been housed.
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