There exists in the Archives much material which will
be of interest to
historians, including some items which may shed light into the lives of
the descendants of conversos, or "Crypto Jews," who settled in the
This page provides a look at the Crypto-Jewish
experience in the U. S. Southwest.
(Left) A common toy among Mexican children to this
day is one that
bears a striking similarity to a Dreidl, a top used to play
during Hanukkah, the Jewish Festival of Lights (Right) An amulet of the
Commandments in Hebrew, owned by
Ruth Ruiz Reed Miller [23K]. She explained that the amulet was
passed down to her from family members for years
Suggested readings on Crypto-Jews
- Amado, Melissa.The Descendants
of the Conversos: A Comparative Discussion of Practices
- Cembalest, Robin. "Losing Their Religion," Lingua
Franca v. 8, no. 2 (March 1998) p. 16-19
- Freund, Michael. "Marranos No More," The
Jerusalem Post, October 30, 2002. Freund's column concerns the
descendants of Jews forcibly converted in Spain and Portugal during the
Inquisition who are now seeking to return to the Jewish people.
- Golden, Gloria. 2004. Remnants of
Crypto-Jews Among Hispanic Americans. Mountain View, CA:
- Heller, Reid. 400th
Yartzheit of Luis Carvajal, el mozo, Joseph Lumbroso
- Saint Louis University, Madrid, Spain. Converso and Morisco Studies.
Converso and morisco are the terms applied to those Jews and Muslims
who converted to Christianity in large numbers and usually under duress
in late Medieval Spain The Converso and Morisco Studies conferences and
publications examine the implications of these mass conversions, for
the converts themselves, for their heirs (also referred to as conversos
and moriscos ) and for Medieval and Modern Spanish culture.
- Herrera, M. Miriam. Crypto-Jews/Anusim
Links Ms. Herrera is a converso poet descended from Natives of the
Rio Grande Valley of South Texas. She has compiled a list of resources
on these categories: History & Definitions, The Spanish &
Mexican Inquisitions, Tools for Researching Crypto-Jewish Heritage,
Writers & Artists, Personal Stories, Culture & Folklore, and
- Jacobs, Janet Liebman. 2002. Chapter Five:
"Conversion and the Rekindling of the Jewish Soul," In Hidden
Heritage: The Legacy of the Crypto-Jews. Berkeley, CA: The
University of California Press. [available online http://www.ucpress.edu/books/pages/9701/9701.ch05.html
- Valerio, Max. "The Atlantic Monthly Exposé,"
HALAPID 8:1 (Winter 2001) p. 4-5, 8-10.
Crypto-Jews: An Ancient Heritage Comes Alive Again, Volume 2,
Number 1, Southwest Jewish History
- Sefard Forum
- E-mail discussion list for researchers of Sephardic genealogy
in Latin America
"All Of Us", is an organization which reflects the community of
interests of individuals of varied backgrounds and religious practices
dedicated to finding and assisting lost and dispersed remnants of the
Jewish people. It includes links to past newsletters, articles on a
variety of related topics, and contains information on upcoming events
sponsored by the Society for Crypto-Judaic Studies.
Interested in more? Join the Kulanu_Mexico
Yahoo group. "Kulanu activities in Mexico in locating, assisting
and interacting with Mexican Jewish groups and emerging Anousim
Society for Crypto-Judaic Studies website. You will find
many informative articles in its publication, HaLAPID.