While some only associate the term holocaust with the Jewish genocide committed by Nazis in World War II Germany, as you will see, the term is perhaps the best available to describe a terrible stain in Brazilian History. The story and images you will see below are certain to conjure up images of German concentration camps. The difference, according to the author of the book herself, is that the color of the victims of Brazil’s Holocaust were “overwhelmingly” black.
“For decades, thousands of patients were forcibly interned, without a diagnosis of mental illness in a large hospice in the town of Barbacena, in Minas Gerais. There they were tortured, raped and killed without anyone caring about their fate. They were only epileptics, alcoholics, homosexuals, prostitutes, girls pregnant by their employers, women confined by their husbands, women who had lost their virginity before marriage.
“No one heard their cries. Famous journalists, in the 60s and 70s, made reports denouncing the mistreatment. None of them, as Daniela Arbex has done now, managed to tell the full story. What was practiced in Hospício de Barbacena (Hospice of Barbacena) was a genocide, with 60,000 deaths.