MADRID- The Spanish government expelled the Jews in 1492. In 2012, they said that they wanted us back. At a press conference in November that year, two ministers announced that any Sephardic Jew who wanted a Spanish passport could have one.
Then nothing happened.
By late 2013, Spain had not given out any passports. No one even knew how to apply.
I have a drop or two of Sephardic blood in my veins, and my grandfather looked like a duke in an El Greco painting. So, at the end of 2013 I went to Madrid to see about becoming Spanish, and to figure out what Spain wanted with us after 520 years.
Part 1: 'Never return'
Part 2: The real Spain
Part 3: 'Everyone is Sephardic'
Part 5: 'What about the slaves?'
Part 6: Maimonides' foot
Part 7: Good news for Lucena
Part 8: The first 23
Part 9: A Jew visits Lucena
Part 10: 'Yo El Rey'
Part 11: 'Not meat or fish'
Part 12: 'Even if you don't speak Ladino'
Part 13: Chatham Square
Josh Nathan-Kazis is a staff writer at the Forward. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org and on Twitter @joshnathankazis.
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