Crypto means, “hidden, covered, secret” and a Crypto-Jew is one who practices Judaism in secret while professing another religious faith, usually Christianity. People throughout the world are finding that their ancestors were Crypto-Jews. During Spain, Portugal and Mexico’s Inquisitions, many Jews had no other choice but to “pretend” they were Christians. Behind closed doors they practiced their religion but it was so dangerous to do so, many chose not to reveal it to their children, thus their descendants grew up not knowing their parents and ancestors were Jews. Today, the information revolution is enabling genealogists and historians to uncover the truth about who our ancestors were. The Crypto-Jewish movement has grown by leaps and bounds in the last few years and I expect this trend to continue because of the great love of genealogy.
Suellen Ocean is the author of Secret Genealogy – A How-to for Tracing Ancient Jewish Ancestry, Secret Genealogy II – Uncovering the Jewish Roots of Our Christian Ancestors and Secret Genealogy III – From Jewish Anglo-Saxon Tribes to New France Acadians. Available here:
Secret Genealogy II: http://www.amazon.com/Secret-Genealogy-II-Christian-Ancestors/dp/1484053222
Secret Genealogy III: http://www.amazon.com/Secret-Genealogy-III-Jewish-Anglo-Saxon-Acadians/dp/148407579X
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