Part IV LDS and the Sephardic Connection: Western Europe


After 1492, many of the Jews who remained in Spain, and later Portugal, were called New Christians or Converso. Many abandoned their Jewish faith entirely, but despite their conversion, all New Christians were under suspicion until the early 1800’s when the Spanish Inquisition ended. The Old Christians called the New Christians “Marrano” (pig) and discriminated against them. Some of the New Christians, who kept some measure of Jewish practices, became Crypto Jews.

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