New Mexico, 1500-1988
Hiding from the Spanish Inquisition in Spain and Mexico, Jews went underground in New Mexico in the 17th century but continued to observe Judaism secretly at home, while pretending to be Catholics. These Jews are sometimes referred to as conversos, marranos, crypto-Jews, or hidden Jews. In their descendants, most of whom have forgotten their heritage, evidence remains of remants of Spanish Jewish foods, songs, religious rituals, and other traditions such as not eating pork, lighting candles on Friday nights, playing with dreidel-type tops, etc.
Language of Materials
The collection is predominately in English, but some materials are in Hebrew.
From the Collection: 2 Linear Feet (3 legal document boxes and 1 letter document box.)
Scope and Contents
Radio transript "Search for the Buried Past: The Hidden Jews of New Mexico" and paper by David S. Nidel "Modern Descendants of Conversos in New Mexico: 500 Years of Faith"
- From the Collection: University of Denver. Center for Judaic Studies. Ira M. Beck Memorial Collection of Rocky Mountain Jewish History (Organization)