Brazil’s Culture Minister Fired After Using Speech from Nazi Germany’s Joseph Goebbels

The minister said his speech was a “rhetorical coincidence”
TWITTER BRAZIL’S CULTURE SECRETARY

Brazil’s culture minister has been sacked after using parts of a speech by Nazi Germany’s propaganda chief Joseph Goebbels in a video, sparking outrage.

In the clip posted on the ministry’s Twitter page, Roberto Alvim detailed an award for “heroic” and “national” art.

Lohengrin by Wagner, Hitler’s favourite composer, played in the background. Earlier, Mr Alvim said the now-deleted video was a “rhetorical coincidence”.

Far-right President Jair Bolsonaro said the speech had been “unfortunate”.

“I reiterate our rejection of totalitarian and genocidal ideologies, such as Nazism and communism, as well as any inference to them. We also express our full and unrestricted support for the Jewish community, of which we’re friends and share many common values,” the president said on Twitter.

In the six-minute video detailing the National Arts Awards, Mr Alvim said: “The Brazilian art of the next decade will be heroic and will be national, will be endowed with great capacity for emotional involvement… deeply linked to the urgent aspirations of our people, or else it will be nothing.”

Parts of it were identical to a speech quoted in the book Joseph Goebbels: A Biography, by German historian Peter Longerich, who has written several works on the Holocaust.

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SOURCE: BBC News