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Nadine Ellman  -
The interview and photographs of the people in Gloria Golden's book Remnants of Crypto-Jews Among Hispanic Americans show a special dedication to the story these unique people have to tell. Careful attention to detail make their stories very enlightening. The photographs help the reader make the human connections to each story.

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Following the expulsion of Jews from Spain in l492, Jews were not permitted to remain on Spanish territory.   Any Jew who chose not to leave had to convert to Catholicism or face death.   Some converted and became full-fledged Christians. Others converted and continued to practice Judaism in secret.  Many in both groups, however, continued following Jewish rituals, often without knowing the origin of these rituals.  My search, through oral history and photography, was to discover what remnants of Judaism remained 500 years or 25 generations after the expulsion from the Iberian Peninsula.
 
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 268 pages
  • Publisher: Floricanto Press; 1st edition (December 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0915745569
  • ISBN-13: 978-0915745562
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,141,162 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gloria Golden was born in Brooklyn, New York. For twenty-three years she taught in the New York City elementary schools. Remnants of Crypto-Jews Among Hispanic Americans, her first book, was published by Floricanto Press in 2005. She interviewed eighty descendants of Jews from the Spanish Inquisition in New Mexico and El Paso, Texas. Sixty oral histories, accompanied by photographs, have been published in the book. Many descendants from Spain and Portugal continue to practice Jewish rituals, often without knowing their origin. Only those willing to reveal their stories could shed some light on how remnants of Judaism, however diluted, were brought forward into the twenty-first century. Based on her work, Gloria Golden exhibits and gives slide presentations across the United States.

Gloria Golden recently published Desaturated Soul. The book contains ninety-six photographs, accompanied by prose. Many of the images have been accepted in juried competitions, and several have gained special recognition. Most recently, High-Spirited, has been chosen for a traveling exhibit, curated by Jamie Lee Curtis, through the Texas Photographic Society.

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Nadine Ellman on May 8, 2005
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The interview and photographs of the people in Gloria Golden's book Remnants of Crypto-Jews Among Hispanic Americans show a special dedication to the story these unique people have to tell. Careful attention to detail make their stories very enlightening. The photographs help the reader make the human connections to each story.

I am of Sephardic ancestry on my father's side with his ancestors leaving Spain during the Inquisition and settling in Turkey. Our family was fortunate and never had to question our Jewish background as the Crypto-Jews do.

After reading Gloria Golden's book I was able to get an insight into an unusual and often difficult transition these people of Jewish ancestry had to face when they found out about their Jewish heritage.

Gloria Golden's book not only informs but also shows in a very dramatic way, how these Hispanic Americans are coping with their identity crisis.

Nadine Behar Ellman
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Booklover on February 4, 2005
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For many years I have followed the career of prize-winning photographer Gloria Golden, and I consider her a great artist. In her new book, Golden has transcended the world of the visual arts and become an important scholar, photojournalist, and chronicler of Jewish history. Despite the many chronicles that fill CRYPTO-JEWS with human interest, both the book's opening essay and its compelling accounts of Golden's interviews with southwestern American Crypto-Jews embrace an impressive range of intellectual disciplines, Jewish history, world history, sociology and anthropology among them.

Though this landmark study will appeal to scholars, Golden's absorbing page-turner reads like fiction. Anyone fascinated by the human condition should purchase this gem of a book. I look forward to reading more of Golden's writing.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Stella Ledbetter on September 18, 2013
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Recommended by a friend. Tracing my family history. This book explained many traditions in my family I didn't understand. Now I feel more connected to my past
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