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15 Aug 2015

Jewish Bordeaux, France 2015

 

Not unlike other European areas, Jews have lived in the Bordeaux region for many centuries with times ranging from bad to terrible. It seems to be on the high end of the scale now, better than in much of France.

 

Centuries ago French kings expelled them and then British kings allowed them to stay in exchange for extortion payments.

 

In the 1490s when the Jews were expelled from Portugal and Spain many families moved to Bordeaux and lived as Catholics for 300 years being baptized, married, and buried as such, but maintaining their religion within their homes.

 

Unfortunately, as usual, most of the Jewish population perished during WW II.

 

A sad unique circumstance is that the synagogue was used as a Jewish prison during that period.

 

This blog from 2013 show some of the pretty Bordeaux.

 

 

And this photo was last night walking home.