RIO DE JANEIRO, Jan. 31 (Xinhua) -- The Brazilian court determined on Thursday that an allegory depicting the holocaust must not be used in Rio's Samba Schools Carnival Parade on Feb. 3.
The decision followed the request from Sergio Niskier, president of the Israelite Federation of Rio de Janeiro (FIERJ), who considered that the inclusion of the issue in Brazil's most popular party could lead to an association of the tragedy with vulgar aspects of the event.
Samba school Unidos do Viradouro chose to depict the holocaust in one of its allegories "mobile structures sometimes standing at over 10 meters high, used by the samba schools to illustrate their themes " because its presentation will be based on the theme "horror."
The Israelite federation stressed that it tried to negotiate with Viradouro for weeks, as it did not agree with the way the historical episode was going to be approached by the school.
According to FIERJ, a person dressed as German leader Adolf Hitler would be standing in front of a pile of dead bodies, representing the massacre of the Jews by the Nazis in World War II.
The entity added that it suggested the presence of the Nazi figure should be replaced for a sign saying something "more pedagogic," like "Holocaust Never More," but Viradouro's board of directors did not respond to the appeal.
If Viradouro does not follow the court decision, signed by Judge Juliana Kalichsztein, it will pay a fine of 50,000 reals (28,600 U.S. dollars) per member dressed as Hitler, and of 200,000 reals (114,300 U.S. dollars) in case the allegory s not hidden during the parade.
As the event is also a competition among the schools, the total exclusion of the allegory could harm the harmony of the parade, causing Viradouro to lose points. A similar decision led samba school Beija-Flor to cover an allegory with a black sheet during its presentation in 1989, which did not prevent it from being the vice champion that year.