Vladimir Herzog
Vladimir Herzog interviews Helene Weigel in 1965, London. Photo: Courtesy Vladimir Herzog Collection.

MMore than 1700 items from the Vladimir Herzog Collection will be made available in a digitalform payment from the 26th of June. They are photographs, correspondence and other elements that are part of the professional and personal trajectory of the journalist and intellectual. 

The release takes place in celebration of the 83rd anniversary of Vlado's life and aims to fill a historical gap, making his work and life available to society beyond his tragic murder by agents of the military dictatorship in October 1975.

As a result of the virtual premiere of the collection, the Vladimir Herzog Institute will do a live, also on June 26, with the participation of Rogério Sottili (executive director of the Institute), Ivo Herzog (president of the Institute's Board and son of Vladimir), Luis Ludmer (technical coordinator of the Vladimir Herzog Collection) and Bianca Santana (journalist and writer).

The project is supported by Itaú Cultural, whose previous partnership was Vladimir Herzog occupation, show exhibited at Itaú Cultural with a total audience of 98,5 people, a record for 2019. 

Among the items that make up the collection are both the personal documentation – preserved for more than four decades through the efforts of Vlado's family -, as well as other materials mapped by researchers in more than 20 institutions and public and private collections.

In addition to more than a thousand photographs, many of them recorded by Herzog himself as documentary research, 78 articles written or edited by him throughout his career can also be seen; 131 periodicals from Revista Visão, of which Vlado was editor; more than 60 letters written and/or addressed to him; and an unprecedented series in partnership with the Museu da Pessoa with 12 testimonies from the journalist's family and friends, among them the widow Clarice Herzog, the filmmaker João Batista de Andrade and the architect Ruy Ohtake. 

The platform took two years to be built, between research and organization, following archival rigor, making use of bibliographic descriptors, contextual data and texts that support the user in navigation and consultation. In it, all items are presented in a didactic way, grouped by types of documents or activities performed by Herzog. 

“Launching the collection at this moment is also a symbolic gesture of confronting historical revisionism and denying the horrors promoted by the military dictatorship in Brazil”, says Rogério Sottili, executive director of the Vladimir Herzog Institute. He adds that: “This action is part of a larger project of the Institute that is to promote memory, truth and justice – so that we can get to know our past and thus break the cycles of violence that have perpetuated in our history”.


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