Pio Perucchi and Candido Porta

Swiss Consular Officers in Milan, 1938-39

Perucchi and Porta, Swiss consular officials stationed in Milan in 1938, were responsible for issuing more than 1,600 illegal and unauthorized visas to Jews who had fled Austria after the Anschluss. The two consuls issued visas against the specific regulations and policies of the Swiss Federal Department of Justice and Police. For their activities, Perucchi was not allowed to continue working at the consulate after March 1939, and Porta was demoted and transferred to a different section.