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.”