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In fascist letter, Salvador Dali called for slavery of ‘all coloured races’

By James Badcock

Madrid: Salvador Dalí wanted to enslave races he considered inferior and establish a new “sadistic” world religion, a newly discovered letter has revealed.

In the letter, which was written by Dalí in 1935, the artist proposed the enslavement of “all the coloured races” as part of a new world order that would be “anti-Christian and materialistic, based on the progress of science”.

“The domination or submission to slavery of all the coloured races” could be possible, Dalí wrote, “if all whites united fanatically”. He also insisted on the need for “human sacrifices”.

Spanish surrealist painter Salvador Dali in 1973.
Spanish surrealist painter Salvador Dali in 1973.Credit:AP

As Europe was threatened by the fascist regimes of Hitler in Germany and Mussolini in Italy, Dalí‘s letter to André Breton, the French writer and co-founder of the surrealist movement, speaks of the need for “new hierarchies, more brutal and strict than ever before” to “annihilate” Christianity.

“I believe that we surrealists are finally turning into priests,” Dalí wrote.

Scornful of Christianity’s “altruism”, he added: “We don’t want happiness for ‘all’ men, rather the happiness of some to the detriment of others”.

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