Alberto Dines

Alberto Dines (n. 19 of February of 1932 in Rio de Janeiro ) is a journalist and author Brazilian .


In the 50 years of his career he wrote several books, founded several magazines and newspapers in Brazil and Portugal , work in radio and television and observer for the media and their representatives. He began as a journalist in 1952 and since 1963 teaches journalism at the Pontifical Catholic University (PUC) in Rio de Janeiro and in 1974 was a visiting professor at the University of Columbia journalism school in New York City . For 12 years he was editor-in-chief of Jornal do Brasil and director of Folha de S. Paulo in Rio de Janeiro and he founded the Abril group in Portugal with which he took the “Exame” magazine.

In the moment he is a senior researcher in the laboratory of advanced studies of journalism of the Unicampo, where also is co-founder. He also directs the magazine “Observatorio da Impresa” in its online version and on radio and television. As President of the House Stefan Zweig pledged to open the Stefan Zweig Museum in Petrópolis . He is an outside researcher at Casa Stefan Zweig and wrote the biography “Death in Paradise – The Tragedy of Stefan Zweig”, which tells the story of Stefan Zweig in Brazil until his suicide.

Childhood and Youth

Alberto Dines was born in the sector of Catete in Rio de Janeiro ( Brazil ). In this part of the city his parents took a pension. He grew up in Villa Isabel near Maracanã and then changed directions several times. With its repeated roads of direction it knew several parts of Rio de Janerio, city that was like point of reference in his life, although in the last years it has settled in Lisbon and São Paulo .

Alberto Dines Israel attended the school “Escola Sholem Aleichem Brasilieira Popular Israelita”, which belongs to a Jewish community that maintains a link to the group socialist “Obreira Internationalist”. In school he studied under modern teaching methods, where he learned Yiddish and this had a good basis to read and understand German . In 1940 the writer Stefan Zweig , who had settled in Brazil, visited the school and dined together, this event marked the life of Alberto Dines. In 1981 Dines published the biography of Stefan Zweig, “Death in the paradise”.

After school Dines visited the school “Ginásio Hebreu Brasileiro” in Tijuca, a line carrying communist . He taught Hebrew and Jewish Culture . In this school Dines made his first experiences in journalism in a small newspaper of the school, with which this financed the food for his students.

He continued his studies at Andrews College in Botafogo , however interrupted him two years later. The reason for this interruption was the union of Dines to the socialist movement who believed in the rupture with all the ties with the bourgeoisie .

Working life

After Alberto Dines had decided that his life would dedicate to the culture, chose the Cinema and began to study with a colleague of his ex- school Andrews. At that time there was no film academy in Brazil, which is why these two self-taught began learning through books in the library. After a while they began filming documentaries with Isaac Rosenberg. However Dines received an offer to write reviews in a film magazine, which I accept. Around 1950, in the golden years of world cinema, Dines received the privilege of watching these films and writing about them. He also began to work in the cinematographic world organized for example the 1st Congress of Brazilian Cinema and the Cineclube do Brasil.

In 1952 he began as a cultural reporter with Visão . In the following 5 years he got a lot of work experience, had contact with the Brazilian foreign minister and traveled a lot for Brazil. Visão moved to Sao Paulo and Dines followed. After his work with Visão began as a reporter in “Machete”, where at 25 he became assistant to the Chief. Later Dines changed to “Last Hour” and in 1962 to Jornal do Brasil , where he stayed for 12 years.

House Stefan Zweig

After the death of Stefan Zweig in February 1942, Raul Azevedo (writer and journalist) had the idea of opening a museum in Petrópolis in the house where Stefan Zweig had lived and died. After the war the journalist Murilo Marroquim of “Diários Associados” contacted the heirs of the writer in London, they promised to support the initiative. More than 60 years later the idea came to fruition. The organization was formed nonprofit ” Casa Stefan Zweig ” and bought the land and garden.

With the enthusiastic support of the mayor of Petropolis , Rubens Bomtempo, and a group of supporters of Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo , as well as the Austrian Holocaust Memorial Service , who from 2008 sends volunteers to support the project, began preparations for The reform of the work and habilitation of this in a museum – the only one in the world with the name of the writer. The museum will accommodate a library with all the works in all Zweig languages, a photo library, a collection of cartoons, a small conference room, a digital archive with all copies of the documents (which are archived in the Library National of Rio de Janeiro) and the originals.

On 24 October 2007 Dines received the Austrian Holocaust Memorial Award (AHMA) at the Consulate General of Rio de Janerio for his work on the Holocaust memorial . Since 2009 Alberto Dines represents Brazil in the international council of the organization Austrian Service Abroad .


  • Alberto Dines: Death in Paradise – The tragedy of Stefan Zweig
  • Alberto Dines et al. (Eds.) Stories of power: 100 years of politics in Brazil . São Paulo: Editora 34, 2000. ISBN 85-7326-191-9


  • 1970 María Moors Cabot Award
  • 2005 Foreign Press Award
  • 2007 Austrian Holocaust Memorial Award
  • 2009 Austrian honor award for science and art