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Ildeu Caldeira

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Ildeu at work at Belgo Mineira's steel plant in João Monlevade

Ildeu at work at Belgo Mineira's steel plant in João Monlevade

Ildeu Alves Caldeira is a 96-year-old widower and former worker at Belgo Mineira living in Monlevade since the 1930s.

He is one of the oldest Monlevadenses in town.

His late wife Irene Antonieta da Cunha Caldeira was a primary school teacher in João Monlevade.

Ildeu and his pregnant wife Irene, before giving birth to their twins Élcio and Lilian in 1973.

Ildeu and his pregnant wife Irene, before giving birth to their twins Élcio and Lilian in 1973.

During the Second World War, this Belgostalgian helped some of the gringos (Luxembourgers and Germans) to hide in the forest because of the violent strikes of workers refusing to "work for the Nazis".

Seven-year old Ildeu in 1932

Seven-year old Ildeu in 1932

Carnival at the Ideal Clube in João Monlevade in 1958

Carnival at the Ideal Clube in João Monlevade in 1958

Wedding ceremony at the Matriz de São José Operário, church in João Monlevade, 28 April 1954

Wedding ceremony at the Matriz de São José Operário, church in João Monlevade, 28 April 1954

Ildeu and his friends from Belgo Mineira in João Monlevade at the Clube de Caça e Pesca (the current Floresta Clube Henri Meyers)

Ildeu and his friends from Belgo Mineira in João Monlevade at the Clube de Caça e Pesca (the current Floresta Clube Henri Meyers)

Ildeu drinking beer with his brothers and their wives.

Ildeu drinking beer with his brothers and their wives.

Ildeu with friends at the inauguration of Brasilia on 21 April 1960

Ildeu with friends at the inauguration of Brasilia on 21 April 1960

Ildeu and his Belgo Mineira colleagues during a ceremony at ARPAS.

Ildeu and his Belgo Mineira colleagues during a ceremony at ARPAS.

Ildeu celebrating his 90th birthday with his wife and their six children in 2015.

Ildeu celebrating his 90th birthday with his wife and their six children in 2015.