Swastikas in pools, Holocaust deniers in schools: Brazil’s Nazis

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City Council candidate Wandercy Pugliesi and his “Nazi pool.” Photo: Civil Police of Santa Catarina

On their way back from resolving a hostage situation after an attempted bank robbery in the early hours of December 2, 2014, police officers from the southern Brazilian state of Santa Catarina spotted something that caught their attention while flying over the small town of Pomerode. In the backyard of a local mansion, they noticed a swimming pool decorated with a large swastika. Taken aback, the co-pilot took a picture of the odd piece of landscaping with his phone, photographs which went viral around the country.

But, for part of the 30,000 inhabitants of Pomerode, “the most German city in...

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