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Dedication by Luís Martins de Souza Dantas (1928)

Dedication by Luís Martins de Souza Dantas (1928)

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Moving thought from the "Brazilian Schindler", Luís Martins de Souza Dantas, who saved hundreds of Jews from Nazi persecution.

  • Original dedication by Luís Martins De Souza Dantas for the book "Pax Mundi, golden book of peace".
  • A leaf.
  • 29 cm x 17 cm.
  • In French.
  • Paris, March 1928.
  • Written clearly and in excellent condition.
  • Unique piece.

We cannot tolerate the crime that war represents. There is no good war. All wars are bad.

LM De Souza Dantas.

Paris, March 1928.

Luis Martins De Souza Dantas (1876 - 1954) served as Brazilian ambassador to France before and during the Second World War. The Nazi occupation enforced orders against Jews, including mandatory registration, segregation, curfews, and deportation to concentration camps. Acting against the process, Dantas issued Brazilian visas to save some 800 persecuted Jews, communists and others, including the influential investment banker and financial consultant Felix G. Rohatyn and, at the age of 12, the legendary art dealer Leo Castelli. Dantas became the Brazilian equivalent of German industrialist Oskar Schindler.

Subsequently, Luís Martins De Souza Dantas was investigated by Brazilian authorities and sent back to his home to face charges of violating the country's immigration policy. He was saved from prosecution through a legal mechanism. After the end of the War, Dantas returned to France, where he spent the rest of his life and, in 2003, Israel honored him with the "Righteous Among the Nations" award.

After the devastation of the First World War, the League of Nations emerged with the speech of American President Wilson. Under the leadership of George Dejean, the organization produced an anthology that included written commentaries on peace by notable people from around the world. Between 1925 and 1932, entries were received from royalty, politicians, artists, musicians and writers, including Dantas, Queen Elizabeth of Belgium, Marie Curie, Einstein, Baden-Powell, King Faisal, Maginot, Colette, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Pirandello , Unamuno, Le Corbusier, Foujita, etc. The collaboration resulted in a limited edition publication called "Pax Mundi: The Book of Peace".

Dantas' thoughts, a decade before risking his life for his principles during the Holocaust, therefore constitute a unique and exceptional document.

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