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Throughout the Spanish colonies those that were caught were executed.

 
 
 
 

    One of the Many     Aguilar Crests

Who Were the Sephardim, Continued

A Fragment from Saint Helena Interrogating Judas           The Art Museum in Zaragoza

    

Many fled. Many stayed and were executed. And many became Conversos or converts. My ancestors were amongst them and were a powerful clan spread out across Spain and more than forty crests were created for their individual family lines. A lot of them were Counts and Lords, honorable and wealthy. They endured the difficult living conditions under the newly established throne.

The Granada Edict Denied

But it is written that among the Conversos many secretly practiced Judaism. Throughout the Spanish colonies those that were caught were executed. For those who converted, there was ill and unfair treatment in society as they were looked upon as dirty. Some were physically tortured. In the end a great number ended up fleeing. These were mostly spread between Portugal and Mexico.

And that is where my clan went, Mexico. Today I sit having brought the line full circle, writing from Granada, the very place where Ferdinand and Isabelle stated no Jew would every step foot again…

By Jori Sams

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