Boy 23:  The Forgotten Boys of Brazil

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In 1998, history teacher and researcher Sidney Aguilar was startled during his class on Nazism in Germany: a student said that bricks marked with swastikas had been found on a ranch owned by her family. He set out to seek more information that would confirm this. As the research progressed, Sidney found not only facts, but also victims. The property where the bricks were found belonged to the Rocha Mirandas, the elite of the political and economic oligarchy of early 20th century Brazil. Through his research, Sidney comes to a shocking conclusion: Brazilian Nazis orchestrated the removal of 50 boys from an orphanage in Rio de Janeiro, promising them a better life. The reality was far harsher for these orphaned youngsters: their fate was slavery and isolation on the Fazenda Cruzeiro do Sul ranch in São Paulo. Forbidden from coming and going, they were subject to aggression, physical and moral abuse. Imprisonment and hunger were used as forms of punishment for disobedience and transgressions. The boys were even denied the right to an identity, as they only identified by numbers. This is their story.

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