One of the biggies in world history is the Spanish Inquisition. And let’s not forget that it moved to Portugal and then to Mexico. Because of these Inquisitions, many people are unaware of their Jewish heritage. They haven’t a clue and if you mention it to them, they look at you like you are crazy. The countries just mentioned were not the only ones who persecuted Jews, there were other countries and of course other ethnic groups that were treated horribly. History is so full of wrong doings, seems every group was either persecuted or persecutor. Lately though, Spain has been reaching out to the descendants of Medieval Jews who were driven from their homeland. You’ll find a link to a website at the bottom of this blog. The website has a long list of surnames that Spain wishes to welcome back. There’s even a deal where they will grant you citizenship. I hate to be cynical but history shows many European countries repeatedly kicking the Jews out and then welcoming them back, especially when times got tough because the Jews tended to bring prosperity with them. Spain has been in the news for several years now, having huge financial problems. I can’t help but wonder if this isn’t history repeating itself. And if I was Jewish, would I feel safe returning to Spain in that political environment?
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