This Day in Jewish History Violent Public Penance for Secret Spanish Jews

On this day in 1649, the Catholic Church staged a large, public event in Mexico in which those convicted of secretly practicing Judaism were burned.

On April 11, 1649, the Catholic Church held an auto-da-fe in Mexico, the largest such event ever held in the New World, in which 13 people convicted of “Judaizing” were executed, their bodies then burned along with the remains of 57 others who had died awaiting trial. They were among 109 convicts punished in the day’s auto-da-fe, all but one of whom had been tried on grounds of...