Brazil

  • Behind the Headlines the Jews of Brazil

    During the days of the dictatorship of Getulio Vargas here (1930-1945), many Jews, especially Communists, were in the forefront of the human rights struggle. Many were jailed or expelled from Brazil. A not-able example is Olga Prestes, Jewish wife of the leader of the Communist opposition. She was deported to her native Germany in 1941… More ▸

  • President of Brazil Visits Jewish Book Fair

    Brazil’s top leaders, headed by its new president Jose Sarney, paid a formal visit to the exposition of the Jewish book fair here, the World Jewish Congress reported today. According to the Latin American branch of the WJC, the Brazilian President and other government officials were shown through the fair by Gerson Bergher, president of… More ▸

  • Wiesenthal Center Provides Brazil with Documents for Mengele Case

    The Los Angeles-based Simon Wiesenthal Center today presented Brazilian authorities with documents relevant to the investigation of the body exhumed at a cemetery in Enbu, near Sao Paulo, which may be that of the notorious death camp doctor, Josef Mengele. The Center’s legal counsel in Washington, Martin Mendelsohn, presented the documents, requested by the Brazilian… More ▸

  • Behind the Headlines the Jews of Brazil

    The death of President-elect Tancredo Neves on April 21 has had a sweeping impact on the 120,000 Jews of Brazil, a land blessed with enormous physical resources, yet beset by serious economic and government problems. The day after Neves was interred to the accompaniment of scenes of mass hysteria resulting in death and injury to… More ▸

  • Behind the Headlines the Jews of Brazil

    It is not “hard to be a Jew” if the place is the sensuous city of Rio de Janeiro. According to Adolpho Bloch, one of Brazil’s most influential men and a proud Jew, it is “harder to be a goy.” Another legendary Jew of Rio, Hans Stem, the world-famed gem producer and owner of an… More ▸

  • Growing Arab Activism in Brazil

    Projects ranging from the establishment of a “Muammar Qaddafi” nursery to the dissemination of Islam by an associate of the Ayatollah Khomeini are signs of a discernable growth of Arab and Moslem activism in Brazil during recent months, the World Jewish Congress reported. The Latin American branch of the WJC cited increasing press coverage for… More ▸

  • ADL Raps Brazil for Allowing PLO to Open Office in Brasilia

    The Brazilian government’s decision to allow an international terrorist organization to open an office in its capital was denounced by the Anti-Defamation League of B’nai B’rith. Abraham Foxman, ADL’s associate national director and head of the agency’s International Affairs Division, said the opening of an office by the Palestine Liberation Organization in Brasilia serves "only… More ▸

  • Talmudic Law Course at Sao Paulo U.

    An introductory course in Talmudic law has been initiated at the University of Sao Paulo, the World Jewish Congress reported today. The course is sponsored by the departments of philosophy and general law theory of the law faculty, in cooperation with the University Association of Jewish Culture. It is being taught by Prof. Zeev Falk… More ▸