Brazilian President Rousseff Compares Holocaust to Country’s History of Slavery, Dictatorship

Posted on January 31, 2013 • Filed under: Brazil, Human Rights Latin America, Politics

On January 30, 2013, A Tarde reported that Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff spoke at a ceremony honoring Holocaust victims in Brasília Tuesday night, comparing the plight of millions of Jews and other groups to human rights violations committed during Brazil’s history, including those committed during the military dictatorship period.  She celebrated the creation of the country’s Truth Commission in 2012, referring to it as a “weapon against barbarism.”  The ceremony also honored the Brazilian Ambassador to France in the 1940s, Luiz Martins de Sousa Dantas, who was responsible for helping numerous Jews and their families to escape France to Brazil under the presidency of Getúlio Vargas.  Read Article

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