New Book: “Haiti’s Jewish History”

The Haiti Holocaust Survivors blog inform us that Joseph Bernard Jr., their 3rd Tikkun Olam Award recipient, has made available the English version of his book, Haiti’s Jewish History, independently published in January 2021.

Description: Expelled from Spain in 1492 by the Alhambra Decree, the Sephardic Jews of the Iberic peninsula had to seek other havens. The discovery of the New World was a golden opportunity that led them to settle in Hispaniola. Although they contributed to the prosperity of Saint-Domingue, the French crown edited discriminative laws against the Jews of de Pearl of the Antilles. The French Revolution of 1789 was a major turning point for the status of the Jewish Nation of Saint-Domingue, but the slaves’ revolt of 1791 forced it once again to move abroad for the sake of their lives. After 1804, other Jewish families from the surrounding Islands (Curacao, Jamaica, St Thomas) settled in the New Republic on Haiti, led by the vast trading network of the Jewish Nation in America. The Arab migration of the end of the 19th century revived the Jewish community of Haiti that was menaced through extinction by deculturation. During the Shoah, the Haitian government saved the lives of hundreds of Jews from Europe by granting them visas and even the Haitian nationality. So many historical ties between the Jewish people and Haiti, a country with no synagogue or Jewish town.

For more information, see https://www.amazon.com/Haitis-Jewish-History-Joseph-Bernard/

Also see https://haitiholocaustsurvivors.wordpress.com/guest-posts/3rd-tikkun-olam-award/

One thought on “New Book: “Haiti’s Jewish History”

  1. Super cool! This is the man, whose story Dalembert turned into the great novel with Ida Faubert. I did not know about the blog, really great!

    On Sun, Jan 31, 2021 at 8:26 PM Repeating Islands wrote:

    > ivetteromero posted: ” The Haiti Holocaust Survivors blog inform us that > Joseph Bernard Jr., their 3rd Tikkun Olam Award recipient, has made > available the English version of his book, Haiti’s Jewish History, > independently published in January 2021. Description: Expelled” >

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