Sunday, May 13, 2012

When the Nazis were in Brazil



A wooden cross with the Nazi swastika marks the tomb of the German Joseph Greiner on a shore in Rio Jari, near the waterfall of Santo Antonio. This is a hidden history - almost unknown - The route of Nazism in Amapa... 

AMAPA state. In the mid 1930's, a German expedition, led by German Otto Schulz-Kampfhenkel, entered the Jari River with the supposed purpose of realize a scientific research...



 


To assist in the operation and make less unconfortable the stay in a hostile environment, full of snakes, predators, mosquitoes and other agents of tropical diseases, were recruited indigenous of Aparai tribe and - even - around of 30 woodsmen, experient jungle guides. Otto had a servant even to install his sleep hammock (for sleep)... 

Otto Schulz-Kampfhenkel and his assistants returned to Europe in 1937 taking hundreds of boxes containing furs, skulls, bones, teeth, feathers and bodies preserved in alcohol, materials destinated to the museums of natural sciences in Germany... 

But it wasn't only in the Amazon that the Nazism left the mark of their presence at Brazil. At states of south and southeast of the country are also found traces of the degenerated swastika symbol - a fact that which still surprise many Brazilians. However, this reality is well known to historians...


In SÃO PAULO (state), in the rural area of "Campina do Monte Alegre" city, in the farm "Cruzeiro do Sul", there are more than 20 years, were discovered bricks and old photographs of animals marked with the cursed cross... 


SANTA CATARINA. Blumenau is a city in the Brazilian state of Santa Catarina, south of the country. It was founded by German immigrants in September 1950...

Despite being a chapter of history that Blumenau, wants to forget, there is evidence of the involvement of the population with nazist ideology, as photographs showing parades of supporters in wich the swastika appears prominently. READ MORE

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