|José Ephim Mindlin|
September 8, 1914|
São Paulo, Brazil
|Died||February 28, 2010 (aged 95)|
|Spouse(s)||Guita Mindlin (died 2006)|
Son of dentist Ephim Mindlin and of Fanny Mindlin, both born in Odessa, he graduated from the University of São Paulo law school. He worked as a lawyer for 15 years, until he founded with some friends Metal Leve, an automobile piston company, which went on to become a large international player in the automobile parts industry. After years of successful management of the firm as a Director, the opening of the Brazilian markets in the 1990s has reduced Metal Leve's profits, and he and his business associates had to sell the firm in 1996 to German firm Mahle Group.
Mindlin was married to Guita Mindlin, who died in 2006, and they had 4 children and 11 grandchildren.
He was the owner of the largest private library in Latin America, with more than 38,000 titles. A large number (about half) of the collection was donated to the University of São Paulo in May 2006, mostly regarding Brazilian studies. On March 23, 2013 a building was built in the university's campus specifically to maintain this massive library, named after the Guita and José Mindlin Foundation, who made the donation. Mindlin had said he wanted to keep the library alive through the continuous growth of the collection and scientific contributions by academics.
Mindlin and Antônio Ermírio de Moraes were the only two Brazilian businessmen who refused cooperation with Henning Albert Boilesen in the sponsorship of the so-called Operação Bandeirante - a repressive structure to be created to cooperate with the military dictatorship in Brazil. Its main interface with the military regime and the business world was the businessman Henning Albert Boilesen. It is believed that Henning Albert Boilesen was supported by the CIA. The organization was responsible for torture, disappearance and extra judicial killings and kidnappings of numerous Brazilians who opposed the dictatorship.
After retiring from the business world, Mindlin was able to dedicate his time to a passion he had since he was 13: collecting and preserving rare books. The first rare edition in his collection was Discours sur l'Histoire universelle (Speech of Universal History), by Jacques-Bénigne Bossuet, published in 1740.
He died from a multiple organ failure at the age of 95 on February 28, 2010.
- :: CREMESP – Conselho Regional de Medicina do Estado de São Paulo[permanent dead link]
- " Guita Mindlin, amiga dos livros, morre aos 89 anos" Archived 2006-07-05 at the Wayback Machine., published in O Estado de S.Paulo 26 June 2006, retrieved 9 Sept 2007
- http://g1.globo.com/sao-paulo/noticia/2013/03/usp-inaugura-biblioteca-com-colecao-de-livros-raros-de-jose-mindlin.html USP inaugura biblioteca com coleção de livros raros de José Mindlin (in Portuguese). G1. Access on March 24, 2012
- Film Title: Citizen Boilesen: Hot Docs | Film : Title : Citizen Boilesen Archived 2011-09-07 at the Wayback Machine., accessdate: 5/9/2015
- A face civil da ditadura militar - História Viva Archived 2015-05-26 at the Wayback Machine., accessdate: 5/9/2015
- International Center for Transitional Justice: Brazil Shatters Its Wall of Silence on the Past | International Center for Transitional Justice, accessdate: 5/9/2015
- Truth Commission in Brazil: Individualizing Amnesty, Revealing the Truth | The Yale Review of International Studies, accessdate: 5/9/2015
- (in Portuguese) Articles of Incorporation of the Guita and José Mindlin Library
- Vitae Foundation
- Edusp (University of São Paulo Press)
- José Mindlin at the Academia Brasileira de Letras
- (in Portuguese) Interview with José Mindlin
- (in Portuguese) Bravo! magazine interview
- (in Portuguese) 100 books recommended by Jose Mindlin
- (in Portuguese) Isto É magazine
Brazilian Academy of Letters - Occupant of the 29th chair
Geraldo Holanda Cavalcanti