"I'm Poland"

Unable to speak any Portuguese, Parzelski simply responded: “I’m Poland” when staff at the airport asked how he was.

The 44-year-old electrician was then labelled ‘the German’ by workers who could not understand him but gathered food, cigarettes and even vodka for him.

Eventually a 70-year-old Polish doctor living in Sao Paulo was summoned to talk to Parzelski, who claimed he had been sent to Brazil to collect two telephone handsets.