In 1939, a few months after World War II began, a French advertisement distributed by the «Casa de Portugal em Paris» (The House of Portugal in Paris) seems to be premonitory. It recalls how Lisbon is the natural depart for the other side of the Atlantic and the rest of the world.
When, later, France herself was occupied by the nazi regime, hundreds of thousands of Europeans escaped through this «golden light city», where they were welcome and secure. Lisbonne, «Europe's harbour» between nightmare and safety.
Marina Tavares Dias has a book about the War Years in Lisbon.
It is called LISBOA NOS ANOS 40 | LONGE DA GUERRA.