Place of Birth: Chiautla de Tapia Municipality, Puebla
Date of Death: 04-Jul-1995
Profession: military personnel, politician, diplomat, resistance fighter, journalist
Zodiac Sign: Cancer
About Gilberto Bosques Saldívar
Gilberto Bosques Saldívar (b.
Chiautla de Tapia, Puebla, 20 July 1892 – 4 July 1995) was a Mexican career diplomat and before that a militant in the Mexican Revolution and a leftist legislator.
As a consul in Marseille, Vichy France, Bosques took initiative to rescue tens of thousands of Jews and Spanish Republican exiles from being deported to Nazi Germany or Spain, but his heroism remained unknown to the world at large for some sixty years, until several years after his death at the age of 102 (not 103, as sometimes reported).
For about two decades after World War II, Bosques served as Mexico's ambassador to several countries.
Since 2003, international recognition has been accruing to him.
In 1944, he described his efforts thus: "I followed the policy of my country, of material and moral support to the heroic defenders of the Spanish Republic, the stalwart paladins of the struggle against Hitler, Mussolini, Franco, Petain, and Laval."In 2010, a documentary film about him was produced in Mexico, directed by Lillian Lieberman, titled Visa al paraíso (Visa to Paradise).