Jewish History Becomes High Priority in Spain

Over five centuries after expelling the Jews from their country, the Spanish have developed an interest in Judaica, especially through archaeology or the restoration of period documents.

"'We've gone from a period of pillaging the Jews and then suppressing and ignoring their patrimony to a period of rising curiosity and fascination,' said Ana María López, the director of the Sephardic Museum in Toledo, a hub of Jewish life before the Jews were expelled or forced to convert to Christianity in 1492 during the Inquisition."

A great deal of research is being conducted throughout the country including major archaeological excavation of Jewish cemeteries.