Nahum Sirotsky, veteran Brazilian journalist and diplomat, dies in Israel

Nahum Sirotsky (Wikipedia Commons)

Nahum Sirotsky spent the past 20 years working as an international correspondent in Israel. (Wikipedia Commons)

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (JTA) —  Nahum Sirotsky, one of Brazil’s most veteran journalists and a former diplomat in the United States and Israel, has died.

Sirotsky died Saturday in Tel Aviv. He was 89.

Sirotsky, who was Jewish, started his career in the early 1940s and spent his last 20 years working as an international correspondent in Israel. He also served as a Brazilian diplomat in Washington and Tel Aviv.

As Brazil’s first correspondent to the United Nations, Sirotsky covered the creation of the State of Israel in 1948. Later in 1967, he covered the Six-Day War as a stringer in Israel.

Sirotsky worked as editor and international correspondent for some of Brazil’s most influential newspapers, including O Globo, O Estado de S. Paulo, Jornal do Brasil and Zero Hora.

He founded Senhor magazine, where he gathered his staff made up of Brazilian literature masters including Jorge Amado, Carlos Drumond de Andrade and Clarice Linspector.

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