By Henry J. Tobias
During this first heritage of the Jews in New Mexico--from the colonial interval to the current day--the writer constantly ties the Jewish adventure to the evolution of the societies within which they lived and labored. The booklet starts off with one of many least recognized yet so much interesting points of latest Mexico Jewry--the crypto-Jews who got here north to flee the Mexican Inquisition. within the 19th and 20th centuries, the tale is extra commonplace: German retailers settling in Las Vegas and Santa Fe after which coming to Albuquerque after the railroad arrived. to those money owed the writer provides substantial nuance and element, fairly at the position of Jews in smaller groups equivalent to Roswell and Las Cruces in addition to their social existence and non secular perform in a frontier zone. The dialogue of the 20 th century concentration relatively at the dynamics of Jewish improvement, and the ways that that method differed in New Mexico.
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15 What is more difficult to establish, however, is their number, character, and the course of their evolution over generations. On some of these matters scholarship has differed widely. The least of the differences turns on their ultimate fate. That, a modern scholar tells us, was extinction. "The Mexican Jew of today is not the descendant of colonial times," Seymour Liebman asserts. "17 The primary obstacle in researching and comprehending the crypto-Jews lies in the cloak of secrecy that surrounded them.
The term Indian hides differences among tribes as well as between pueblo and nomad. Hispano cloaks distinctions between those who consider themselves of Spanish descent and those of mixed Spanish and Indian background. And Anglo ignores a range of religious, racial, and ethnic diversity all too clear in other parts of the United States. It is in the recognition of these nuances that one may place the history of the Jews in New Mexico. By the dictates of the tripartite ethnic description they are Anglos and belong to that most recent period in the history of the area associated with its Page 2 attachment to the United States.
Hispano cloaks distinctions between those who consider themselves of Spanish descent and those of mixed Spanish and Indian background. And Anglo ignores a range of religious, racial, and ethnic diversity all too clear in other parts of the United States. It is in the recognition of these nuances that one may place the history of the Jews in New Mexico. By the dictates of the tripartite ethnic description they are Anglos and belong to that most recent period in the history of the area associated with its Page 2 attachment to the United States.
A History of the Jews in New Mexico by Henry J. Tobias