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. 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 GilberoKassab said. “His legacy is the library he left, the result of a lifededicated to the books. Today it’s an asset of all Brazilians.”