This Day in Jewish History 1493: Jews of Sicily Expelled by Spanish Rulers

At its height in 1492, the Sicilian Jewish community numbered over 30,000 people living in over 50 locations on the island.

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On January 12, 1493, the expulsion of the Jews of Sicily took effect, some six-and-a-half months after it was proclaimed. Although several official efforts were made to attract Jews back to the island in the...