The life of Vladimir Herzog

A survivor who did not remain silent in the face of social injustices

Vladimir Herzog at the age of two with his parents (1939) by Unknown.Instituto Vladimir Herzog

Vladimir Herzog, originally named Vlado Herzog, was born in Osijek (former Yugoslavia), on June 27, 1937. His parents owned a porcelain shop in Banja Luka, where the family lived until 1941, when the Nazi army occupied the city.

Vladimir Herzog's registration card in the exams of the State High School President Roosevelt, SP (1948-11) by Unknown.Instituto Vladimir Herzog

Entrevista de Ruy Ohtake sobre sua relação com Vladimir Herzog

Architect Ruy Ohtake and Vlado were neighbors and classmates. In an interview with the Vladimir Herzog Collection, Ruy said that, since he was a boy, Herzog was already interested in political and social issues.

Vladimir Herzog poses next to a poster of the play “Ispezione”. (1956-08) by Unknown.Instituto Vladimir Herzog

His great youth interests were theater, cinema, literature and music — especially theater, preferably Italian. Vlado adopted the stage names Aldo Erzi or Vlado Erzi when acting. 

Vladimir Herzog in front of the Palace of Dawn, the presidential residence, in Brasilia (1960-04) by Unknown.Instituto Vladimir Herzog

Vlado worked for the newspaper O Estado de S. Paulo (The State of São Paulo) between 1959 and 1965. His modesty as a journalist, averse to any notoriety, denotes his main concern in communicating the ethical importance of art and politics.

Vladimir Herzog talks to Fernando Birri, known as the “father of the new Latin American cinema”. (1963) by Unknown.Instituto Vladimir Herzog

Áudio de Fernando Birri sobre sua relação com Vladimir Herzog

Although he is known as a journalist, his family and friends believe cinema was, if not his true vocation, at least his greatest interest and source of personal fulfillment. 

Marriage of Vladimir Herzog and Clarice Ribeiro Chaves (1964-02-15) by Unknown.Instituto Vladimir Herzog

Entrevista de Clarice Herzog sobre sua relação com Vladimir Herzog

In February 1964, a few months before the military coup, Vlado married Clarice Ribeiro Chaves. The two met while studying at USP (University of São Paulo): she graduated in Social Science and he graduated in Philosophy.

Cinemateca Brasileira - Programação do curso "Cinema, escola e cultura" (1964) by Autor não identificadoInstituto Vladimir Herzog

The interaction with prominent names of Brazilian cinema, the promoted debates and the opportunities for programs and internships had helped to consolidate Vlado’s theoretical and practical knowledge, shaping the filmmaker and film critic he had become.

Vladimir Herzog e Fernando Pacheco Jordão em transmissão da BBC (1965) by Autor não identificadoInstituto Vladimir Herzog

From 1965 to 1968, he moved to London to work as a correspondent for the Brazilian Service of BBC Radio. During this period, his children Ivo and André were born, and the friendship bonds between the Herzogs and the Pacheco Jordão family were strengthened.

Cenas da filmagem de "Azyllo muito louco" (1969) by Vladimir HerzogInstituto Vladimir Herzog

"A luta pela independência - 1822, 1922, 1972", Revista Visão, 1972-02-28, From the collection of: Instituto Vladimir Herzog
“O que há com a cultura no Brasil?", Revista Visão, 1971-07-05, From the collection of: Instituto Vladimir Herzog
“A revolução aos 10 anos - 64/74”, Revista Visão, 1974-03-11, From the collection of: Instituto Vladimir Herzog
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Back in Brazil in 1969, Vlado was the Culture editor of Visão Magazine (Sight) in one of the most critical moments of Brazilian history: during the military dictatorship that lasted from 1964 to 1985. Here, three covers of magazine editions with emblematic articles that he edited with harsh criticism of the regime.

Vladimir Herzog no estúdio do programa Homens de Imprensa (1972-08-08) by Autor não identificadoInstituto Vladimir Herzog

Comentário de Vladimir Herzog sobre a dublagem na TV brasileira

From 1972 to 1975, Vlado worked for Visão Magazine and TV Cultura. In September 1975, he took the role of TV channel’s Journalism Director. On October 24, he was subpoenaed to testify at the DOI-CODI (The Department of Information Operations - Center for Internal Defense Operations was the Brazilian intelligence and political repression agency). On the morning of the 25th, he voluntarily presented himself. On the same day, he was tortured and assassinated.

Carta de Zora Herzog ao juiz Márcio José de Moraes (1978-12-20) by Zora HerzogInstituto Vladimir Herzog

Carta de Zora Herzog interpretada por Eva Wilma

In 1978, expressing her pain without consolation, Zora Herzog declared in a letter her gratitude to Judge Marcio José de Morais. Still under the military regime, the magistrate pronounced a historical sentence by holding the Brazilian State responsible for Vlado's death.

Vladimir Herzog Square and Memorial

“When we lose the capacity to outrage ourselves by atrocities committed against others, we also lose the right to consider ourselves civilized human beings.”
Vladimir Herzog

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Exhibition "The life of Vladimir Herzog"

Research and curatorship - Carolina Vilaverde and Luis Ludmer 
Installation - Carolina Vilaverde
Writing - Luis Ludmer
Digitalization - Vladimir Herzog Collection
Translation: Nayara Garófalo (PT/EN) and Naiara Farias (PT/ES)


Instituto Vladimir Herzog (Vladimir Herzog Institute)
President - Clarice Herzog 
President of the Deliberative Council - Ivo Herzog
Executive Director - Rogério Sottili
Memory, Truth and Justice - Gabrielle Abreu (coord.), Diego Santos, José Vicente Kaspreski, Mayara De Lara and Rafael Schincariol
Communication - Raquel Melo (coord.), Gabriela Teixeira and Natália Pesciotta

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