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How can a government apologize for an atrocity?
In 2015, the Spanish and Portuguese governments began accepting applications from the descendants of the Jews once forcibly converted, massacred, and expelled from the Iberian Peninsula.
But why offer citizenship? Why not leave the past in the past?
Because Sephardic Jews still carry the memory and the legacy of the centuries of vibrant Jewish life in Spain. This video honors the astonishing resilience of a community that refused to be destroyed.

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Vicente Cutanda Toraya
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00:00 – Introduction
01:46 – Jewish martyrdom
03:41 – Forced conversions
07:31 – The Spanish Inquisition
09:06 – Expulsion of Spanish Jewry

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