Within the Holocaust film exhibition. A view from literature, art and cinema that, as part of Holocaust Remembrance Month, is organized by Centro Sefarad-Israel and the United States Embassy, in collaboration with the Museo Nacional del Prado and Casa de América, the Center is screening this evening at 7 pm the film Dear Embaixador. Free admission, prior registration at this link. Screening at V.O.S.E. in collaboration with the Brazilian Embassy.
Souza Dantas (1876-1954), a career diplomat, dedicated himself to enjoying the “joie de vivre” (joy of life) in Paris, flirting with actresses in cabarets and becoming one of the essential names in the nightlife of the French capital, until the rise of Nazism in Germany and the situation began to change. At first the Brazilian government of Getúlio Vargas (1934-1945 and 1951-1954) was aligned with the German leader, Adolf Hitler, and in 1938 it issued a secret circular to all its embassies forbidding the granting of entry visas to Brazil to “Jews and other undesirables”. Souza Dantas deliberately ignored the order, did not demand the bureaucratic requirements that sought to hinder the processes and did not ask the ethnic origin of those who came to his office seeking help.