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A Jewish Response to French Antisemitism in Revolutionary Times

by Wim Klooster

In the same years in which Jews were elected to the Dutch national assembly (the Batavian Convention), Jews on Curaçao were characterized in a letter received on the island in an unmistakably anti-Semitic way.

Mikvé Israël-Emanuel Synagoge, Willemstad, Curaçao / foto © Aart G. Broek

The author was the prominent French official Victor Hugues, based in Guadeloupe. Two elders of the local Jewish community responded with a letter that shows a remarkable assertiveness, probably facilitated by the emancipation of Jews in the Dutch metropole.

Please, continue reading here: Klooster W_Jewish Curacaoan response to French antisemitism in 1798_NWIG 2018


on 10.05.2018 at 6:49
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