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18:45 - 20:00 27 March 2014
Christobal Mendez alias David Mendez: The Puzzling Saga of a 17th Century Converso
Chadwick Lecture theatre |
Gower St | London | WC1E 6BT | United Kingdom
Yosef Kaplan, Professor of Jewish History, Hebrew University Jerusalem, Yosef Kaplan was born and raised in Buenos Aires. In 1962 he immigrated to Israel and studied at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, majoring in Jewish History and Sociology. In 1979 he completed his PhD in Jewish History, writing a thesis on Isaac Orobio de Castro and His Circle. He is Bernard Cherrick Professor of Jewish History at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He has been fellow and visiting professor at institutions in Europe and the United States, Associated Director of Research at the École des Hautes Etudes, and more. He was one of the founders of the School of History at the Hebrew University and its second Director. In 2004 he was elected member of the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities and since 2009, Chairman of the World Union of Jewish Studies.
The conversos of the Spanish Inquisition became ostensibly Christian but buried their Jewish roots. Their origins became disguised in a variety of obscure ways and continued to be hidden and then surface in surprising situations for many centuries. This lecture examines one particular case and traces its story.
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