SÃO PAULO, SP (FOLHAPRESS) – The Vladimir Herzog Institute provided a large virtual collection about Vladimir Herzog (1937-1975). With more than 1,700 digitized items, from photographs to correspondence, the institution’s idea is to rescue the professional and personal trajectory of the journalist and intellectual beyond its tragic murder by agents of the civil-military dictatorship, in October 1975.
“Everything we had about my father was about his death. Now we can show who he really was: details of the family, all the material he produced, not only in journalism. He loved cinema and photography. It is important to make this collection available for to show who the person Vladimir Herzog was. We want to humanize my father’s story “, says Ivo Herzog, son of the journalist and president of the Institute Council.
Developed in more than two years of intense research, the collection makes available both the personal documentation preserved for more than four decades by the family, as well as other materials – some unpublished – mapped by researchers in more than 20 public and private institutions and collections. Among the items are more than a thousand photographs, many of them registered by Vlado himself – his birth name -, reports, letters and a series with statements from family members and friends of the journalist.
“It is a live archive. We continue to receive many emails from people contributing to this collection. Over the next few months we will be able to improve and include even more information. My joy is to know that a lot of research can arise from this material. Many of the texts are very current and this only reaffirms the importance of knowing more about the history of Vlado “, highlights Luis Ludmer, technical coordinator of the Vladimir Herzog collection (Vladimir Herzog Collection Site).
Born in then Yugoslavia, present-day Croatia, Herzog migrated to Brazil after the Second World War. Then he graduated in philosophy and started working in major press vehicles in the country. Affiliated to the PCB (Brazilian Communist Party), he acted politically against the military regime (1964-1985) until he was assassinated at the DOI-Codi (Army repression center) in São Paulo by the military, who at the time registered his death as suicide – fact denied by the National Truth Commission.
“My father’s story, even for his values, has always inspired people to defend democracy. I believe that this can be another form of support, even more so in the current government [Jair Bolsonaro] who likes to exalt the civil-military dictatorship. We need to fight constantly, find ways to go, even more so in a democracy that is still very incipient “, points out Ivo.