Angel Sanz-Briz

Spanish Minister (Ambassador) in Budapest, Hungary, 1944

In the summer of 1944, Don Angel Sanz-Briz, Spanish Ambassador in Budapest, appealed to Madrid for permission to provide protective papers for Jewish Spanish citizens residing in Budapest. Eventually, Sanz-Briz issued between 500 and 700 Spanish protective passes. In addition, he authorized the establishment and protection of dozens of safe houses in Budapest. By the end of the war, many thousands of Jews were saved by receiving protection from the Spanish legation.