Justice for the founder of Portugal's Jewish community
[*******#222222]In the 1920s, Captain Artur Barros Basto, a Portuguese war hero, helped found his country's first Jewish community in 400 years, but was later *****ped of his ranks and forced into near penury due to his religion. Now this historical wrong may be set right.[/COLOR]
By [*******#434141]Henrique Zimmerman
It is a secret that has accompanied me for as long as I can remember: the secret of the Portuguese Dreyfus. But who even dreamed that this secret would now be the subject of a political disagreement in the Lisbon parliament, after 75 years and three generations of campaigns to clear his name.
He wasn't persecuted because he was a jew but because he was ratter critical and not a supporter of the current administration at the time.
Well in those days just by speaking ill of the government in public could get you in trouble. Witch he did in numerous occasions and by doing that he was rapidly marked as political undesirable. He was also a member of the "carbonária" a masonic organization.
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