Rio De Janeiro (Jul. 5)
A sharp attack on the Jewish-Portuguese newspaper Civilization has been made here editorially by the local Fascist newspaper A Offensiva which charges that Civilization lacks an adequate grasp of the language of the land.
A Offensiva, Integralist Nazi organ, charges that in reporting an interview with the Integralist leader, the paper misquoted his theories on race and religion. A Offensiva declares that the “mistake” occurred because Civilization’s editorial staff is deficient in its knowledge of Portuguese.
How ludicrous such a charge is may be gathered from the fact that one of the editors of Civilization, Dr. Silveira Bueno, is not only a prominent scholar and journalist and one of the leading intellectual figures in the land, but is also one of the best-known professors here and official state examiner for Latin in the city of Campinas. In the course of his journalistic career Dr. Bueno has frequently defended the Jews against attacks of anti-Semites.
A short time ago A Offensiva printed an editorial attack upon the Jewish Telegraphic Agency and its local correspondent, who had reported steps taken by the government to curb Nazism and anti-Semitism. The J.T.A. reports were “falsehoods,” Offensiva stated, without however, troubling to point out wherein the stories were not to be believed. Visibly alarmed because the true extent of Nazi activities here has been exposed, the Nazi newspaper demanded that the J.T.A. correspondent be sent out of the country. Fortunately, not much stock is placed in A Offensiva here.