The institute will give students, professors and civil society the opportunity to examine many different kinds of documentation as well as opportunities to attend seminars. The Shoah Institute of Human Rights will also offer classes to students all over Brazil and course work that will prepare professors to teach about the Holocaust.
The event commemorating the opening of the institute was held on Dec. 6 and was attended by Sao Paulo congressmen, city congressmen, officers from the University of Sao Paulo, Jewish community leaders and the media.
The dias was chaired by Abraham Goldstein, president of B’nai B’rith Brazil.
Eduardo Kohn, on behalf of B’nai B’rith International, congratulated B’nai B’rith Brazil and the University of Sao Paulo, saying, “The Shoah Institute is an example for Latin America. We still live in times when we have to face inequity and discrimination. Elie Wiesel has said that the opposite of love is not hate, but indifference. The opposite of beauty is not ugliness, but indifference. The opposite of faith is not heresy, but indifference. And the opposite of life is not death, but the indifference between life and death. In this endless struggle that democracies develop against indifference, we congratulate B’nai B’rith Brazil and the University of Sao Paulo to join and move forward in this great work.”
City Congressmen Floriano Pesaro and Gilberto Natalini presented B’nai B’rith Brazil with commemorative plaques from Sao Paulo City Hall, congratulating the organization on its 80th anniversary. The plaques were received by Goldstein.
During his stay in Sao Paulo, Kohn also met with Adriano Diogo and Hamilton Pereira, members of the Sao Paulo Congress who belong to the ruling PT party (Worker´s Party). Additionally, Kohn met with one of the representatives for the Movement of Culture for Peace, Eduardo Brasil.