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Letter signed by Luís Carlos Prestes (1947)

Letter signed by Luís Carlos Prestes (1947)

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In 1947, communist leader Carlos Prestes thanks an admirer for his support of democracy.

  • Letter typed and signed by Luís Carlos Prestes to a communist party sympathizer.
  • One page.
  • In Portuguese.
  • 20.6 cm x 24 cm.
  • Rio de Janeiro, March 18, 1947.
  • Excellent condition.
  • Unique piece.

Extracts

(…) Thank you for your congratulations on the victory of our Party in the elections on January 19th, in São Paulo.

It is up to us, as patriots, to do our utmost to consolidate the victories achieved, fighting to strictly enforce the Constitution and ensure Democracy in our land.

I am sure that you will be willing to help us in this task, approaching the Communist Party, whose ranks are open to all good Brazilians (…).

Luís Carlos Prestes (1898 – 1990), a person little known to most Brazilians, was, however, one of the most influential political personalities in Brazil in the 20th century. Leader of the Communist Party of Brazil (PCB) for more than 50 years, he was persecuted his entire life for trying to raise the population against the power of the ruling oligarchy and, through revolution, demand political and social reforms.

He formed the Coluna Prestes, with the purpose of traveling throughout Brazil to propagate tenentista ideas, carrying out a 25 thousand km march through the interior of the country, until 1927, when the group went into exile in Bolivia. Converted to Marxist ideology, he traveled to the former USSR and returned clandestinely to Brazil in 1935, married to the German Jewish communist Olga Benário. After commanding the failed coup known as Intentona Comunista (1935), with the aim of overthrowing the then president Getúlio Vargas and installing a socialist government, he was arrested and his wife handed over to the Nazi police in Germany, where he died in a concentration camp. After the war, with a more democratic Brazil, Prestes became a senator, but was soon forced to return to hiding.

For Brazilians who have participated in left-wing political movements since the 1940s, this letter celebrating a victory in the 1947 elections, a decisive year, has a special historical value.


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