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Crypto-Jews and the Search for Identity

Hosted By: Sousa Mendes Foundation

A new documentary film, “Between the Stone and the Flower: The Duality of the Conversos,” profiles the life and work of the renowned genealogist Genie Milgrom. After successfully tracing her Jewish roots to pre-Inquisition Spain and Portugal, she founded the Converso Genealogy Project. In this capacity, she helps other “crypto-Jews” or “conversos” to reclaim their Jewish roots and is now overseeing the vast international effort to digitize the Vatican’s Jewish records.

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Genie Milgrom

Genie Milgrom was born in Havana, Cuba, into a Roman Catholic family of Spanish ancestry. In an unparalleled work of genealogy, she was able to fully document her unbroken maternal lineage 22 generations going back as far as 1405 to her Jewish ancestors in pre-Inquisition Spain and Portugal. She is the past president of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Miami and past president of the Society for Crypto-Judaic Studies. She is the author of My 15 Grandmothers, as well as How I found My 15 Grandmothers: A Step by Step Guide, and Pyre to Fire. She brings awareness to the topic of people tracing their Jewish roots to the time of the Inquisition who are returning to Judaism. Genie is director of the Converso Genealogy Project, digitizing Inquisition files around the world.
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Sousa Mendes Foundation

Founded in 2010, the Sousa Mendes Foundation is dedicated to honoring the memory of the Holocaust rescuer Aristides de Sousa Mendes and to educating the world about his good work.
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