Jewish bibliophile Jose Mindlin dies

Mindlin owned more than 38,000 books and was a member of the prestigious Brazilian Academy of Letters.

By JTA
March 1, 2010 22:33
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RIO DE JANEIRO – Jose Mindlin, a Jewish bibliophile who owned the largest private library in Latin America, has died Sunday in Brazil. He was 95.

He owned more than 38,000 books and was a member of the prestigious Brazilian Academy of Letters.

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After retiring from the business world, Mindlin was able to dedicate his time to a passion he had since he was 13 years old: collecting and preserving rare books.


“He was a giant of the Brazilian culture,” Sao Paulo Mayor Gilbero Kassab said. “His legacy is the library he left, the result of a life dedicated to the books. Today it’s an asset of all Brazilians.”


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