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Brazil honors 2 diplomats who worked to save Jews

By Mason White 11:42 AM February 3, 2013
Aracy Guimaraes Rosa

By: Sarah Weiss
Brazil decided to honor citizens who worked to save Jews during the Holocaust, according to press reports in the United States.

Two Brazilian diplomats who helped save hundreds of Jews in order not to end up in Nazi concentration camps were honored during a ceremony at the International Day of Holocaust Remembrance.

The ceremony Wednesday night honored Aracy Guimaraes Rosa, a staff member of the Brazilian consulate in Hamburg between 1930 and 1940 and Luis Martins de Souza Dantas, Brazil’s ambassador to France during the same period. Both issued visas to hundreds of Jews.

President Dilma Rousseff attended the ceremony organized by the Jewish Confederation of Brazil and Brasilia Jewish Cultural Association.

Lottenberg Claudio, president of the Jewish Federation, said the two diplomats had “the courage to disobey orders to restrict foreign ministry entry of Jews into Brazil, therby saving hundreds of Jews from certain death in the hands of the Nazis.”