Brazilian minister fired for using excerpts of speech by Joseph Goebbels
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Brazilian minister fired for using excerpts of speech by Joseph Goebbels

President Jair Bolsonaro expresses opposition to 'totalitarian and genocidal ideologies' after firing Roberto Alvim as culture minister

Goebbels giving a speech in Berlin (1934).
Goebbels giving a speech in Berlin (1934).

Brazil’s Jewish community has welcomed the government’s decision to sack the culture minister after he paraphrased Nazi propaganda mastermind Joseph Goebbels in a speech announcing national arts awards.

Roberto Alvim used several excerpts from a Goebbels speech in his own while playing music by Richard Wagner – Hitler’s favourite composer – in the background.

Brazilian Congress President Davi Alcolumbre, who is Jewish, immediately called for Alvim to be fired.

Brazil’s right-wing nationalist President Jair Bolsonaro later did so, saying Alvim’s comments were “unfortunate” and that he had removed him because the government “rejects genocidal ideology”.

The Brazilian Israelite Confederation said: “Emulating Goebbels’ vision is a scary sign of his cultural vision, which must be combated and contained.”

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