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Dedication by Luís Martins de Souza Dantas (1928)

Dedication by Luís Martins de Souza Dantas (1928)

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Exciting thought of 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, the golden book of peace". A leaf. 29 cm x 17 cm. In French. Paris, March 1928. Neatly written and in excellent condition. Single 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 World War II. The Nazi occupation enforced orders against Jews, including compulsory registration, segregation, curfews, and deportation to concentration camps. Acting against the lawsuit, Dantas issued Brazilian visas to save some 800 persecuted Jews, communists and others, including influential investment banker and financial advisor Felix G. Rohatyn and, still 12 years old, legendary art dealer Leo Castelli. Dantas became the Brazilian equivalent of the German industrialist Oskar Schindler.

Subsequently, Luís Martins De Souza Dantas was investigated by the Brazilian authorities and sent back to his home to answer accusations of violating the country's immigration policy. He was saved from prosecution by 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 World War I, the League of Nations came into being with the speech of American President Wilson. Under the leadership of George Dejean, the organization produced an anthology that included commentary written on peace by notables from around the world. Between 1925 and 1932, entries were received by 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: Book of Peace Book".

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

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