The long-awaited premiere of Globo Passaporte’s miniseries for Liberdade premieres this Monday, 20th, telling the story of Aracy de Carvalho (Sophie Charlotte). Presented as a “strong, determined and simple woman”, Aracy became one of the main allies in the fight against the horrors of the Nazi regime.
The work began to be produced in 2018, but had to be paused. Later, it suffered another break, this time because of the covid-19 pandemic. Actor Rodrigo Lombardi stars in the series alongside Sophie Charlotte, as writer João Guimarães Rosa, husband of Aracy de Carvalho.
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The plot follows the story of the Brazilian woman who, in 1935, divorced from her first husband and with a young son, Eduardo, goes to Germany in search of work, getting a position at the Brazilian consulate in Hamburg, in the passport sector. There, he decided to help save many Jews from prison and the Holocaust by facilitating their issuance of visas to Brazil.
However, according to a historian heard by BBC News Brasil, this story is a myth. Fábio Koifman and historian Rui Afonso investigated visas granted to Germans at the Hamburg consulate between 1938 and 1939.
Koifmam and Afonso present their arguments in an article published in the book Jews in Brazil: History and Historiography (2021). The first is that none of the visas granted by the Hamburg consulate to German Jews during that period were irregular, forged or forged, according to the researchers.
The historian told the portal that one of the versions of this case says that Aracy managed to remove the letter “J” that appeared prominently on Jewish passports to identify them. “But all passports had J.”
The German government wanted to expel the Jews from the country and was trying to get them to leave on their own.
The borders were not closed to Jews until October 1941, says Koifman. “After that, Aracy could have been killed (for helping Jews), but not before.” For the historian, the Brazilian woman did not run any serious risk.
BBC News Brasil questioned Globo about the contacts made with Koifman, but the station did not respond to the question on this matter. The station also said that it “respects the point of view” of the two historians and stressed that the program is a work of fiction based on real facts.
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