Samuel Wainer

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Samuel Wainer (December 19, 1910 – September 2, 1980) was a Brazilian journalist and author. Wainer was born into a Jewish family in the São Paulo district of Bom Retiro. He founded and directed the Diretrizes magazine and the Última Hora newspaper.[1] He was married to Danuza Leão, Brazilian journalist and model, sister of Nara Leão. They had a son, Samuel Wainer Filho, who was also a journalist. He died in 1984 in a car accident with a camera operator.[2] Wainer also had more two children: plastic artist Débora "Pinky" Wainer[3] and film producer Bruno Wainer.[4]

He was a reporter of Diários Associados in 1950, when he interviewed Getúlio Vargas, with whom he would later keep a close friendship.[1][5] He also faced strong opposition from Carlos Lacerda and Assis Chateaubriand (owner of Diários Associados) during his career, specially when he founded his own newspaper, that would openly support Vargas presidency.[5]

Wainer was the only Brazilian journalist present at the Nuremberg Trials.[1][5]

He died in São Paulo, aged 69.


  • Minha razão de viver - memórias de um repórter (Editora Planeta)


  1. ^ a b c Pinheiro, Wianey (14 January 1979). "Por que Café Filho traiu Getúlio" (in Portuguese). Folha de S. Paulo. Retrieved 30 April 2010. 
  2. ^ "A Semana". Placar (in Portuguese). Editora Abril (856): 55. October 1996. Retrieved 9 September 2015. 
  3. ^ "Perfis paulistas 4: Pinky Wainer" (in Portuguese). O Globo. September 10, 2010. Retrieved September 17, 2012.  |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help)
  4. ^ "Bruno Wainer". Portuguese: Filme B. Retrieved September 17, 2012. 
  5. ^ a b c Wainer, Samuel (2005). "24". Minha razão de viver - memórias de um repórter (in Portuguese). São Paulo: Editora Planeta. ISBN 85-7665-083-5.