Montello, George (Mandel)

Salvadorian diplomat

A Hungarian-Romanian Jew by the name of Mandel, who settled in Switzerland before the war, and in the course of his business activities changed his name to Montello, joined the Salvadorian embassy in Bern and in 1944 induced and arranged with the Salvadorian government the issuance of citizenship certificates for Hungarian Jews. His financial aid and most importantly the large volume of life-saving documents issued by his government created the largest Salvadorian community in Budapest. The government of Salvador withstanding pressures from the Germans became one of the torch bearers in the annals of human rescue during 1944-45 in Central Europe.

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