Spain Grants Citizenship to Sephardic Jews

Dr. Juan Bejarano-Gutierrez

The following article from the Washington Post notes the recent granting of Spanish Citizenship to more than 4000 descendants of Sephardic Jews that left Spain in 1492.

What has not been a matter of discussion to my knowledge, iis any type of, for lack of a better term, compensation or rectification for the descendants of Conversos who emigrated to the Spanish colonies in the hope of evading Inquisitional detection and scrutiny. While these Conversos and their descendants were not “forced” into exile by decree, and were in fact barred from emigrating at various times, the environment created by anti Converso sentiment and bias was a key factor in their decisions to journey to the farthest reaches of the Spanish empire.

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