A Portuguese Town Tries to Amend the Past

The Portuguese town of Monsaraz is looking to make  amends for one aspect of its history by opening a Jewish cultural center. 80 residents of this town were persecuted hundreds of years ago by the Portuguese Inquisition.

The Portuguese Inquisition, though considerably smaller in scope than its Spanish counterpart, was nevertheless very active and agressive once it was launched. Its operations included all Portuguese holdings including Brazil and Goa in India.

The following article from the Jewish Telegraph Agency discusses the center and the overall attempts  of Spain and Portugal, to at least partially address their troubled relationships with Jews and Conversos.

Portuguese Jewish Cultural Center

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