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New Mexican cryptoJews and sites

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New Mexican cryptoJews and sites

I am curious about the history of the CryptoJews or converses in NM. Also any sites. I have read that the altar screen in SFCathedral has references to this group, and that the history is "hidden" turlough the state.

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This was a great article, although I don't know much more than what it tells about the Spanish Jewish population.


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The history of Jews in New Mexico is a long one, but during the days of the Spanish Inquisition, many in the New World were in effect "hiding" their true identities. The "Conversos," which had sworn allegience to the Catholic church to remain in Spain, often practiced their true faith behind closed doors.

Some trivia: New Mexico's original Spanish explorer, Francisco Vasquez de Coronado, was married to a "Converso." Her family was very weathly and prominent in New Spain.

In Santa Fe, the Santa Fe Cathedral was built by Bishop Lamy, with substantial help by some of the city's weathiest merchants from the Santa Fe Trail trade. Two among these were the Spiegelberg, and Staab families. Above the entrance to the cathedral, you can view a tetragram, or inscription written in Hebrew. This is a four consonate word, in ancient Hebrew, meaning "God."

I've been told that the San Felipe Church in Albuquerque has Jewish, "

Stars of David" symbols in a couple of its windows, but I haven't checked that out for myself.

The following are excellent introductions into the history of Jews in New Mexico:



Edited: 20 April 2011, 22:28
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We recently hosted the author of a terrific book entitled "To the End of the Earth." It's a fascinating tale of the journey and the culture of this little-known "tribe" that fled here.

We also keep another great book in our library: A pictorial history in "New Mexico's Crypto-Jews: Image and Memory." This one will help you decide where to go and possibly what to look for.

Amazon.com has both as do the Bookstores at the New Mexico Natural History Museum in Santa Fe and most local-specialist bookstores such as Moby Dickens in Taos.


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(BTW Taos B&B: did you really mean NM Natural History Museum or History Museum?)

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