"[This] article offers an historical anthropological study of a little-known, mostly Turkish-Sephardi population that settled in Barcelona at the beginning of the twentieth century, attracted by the commercial dynamism of the area around the San Antonio Market.
complete disappearance of the community in the early 1940s has made it
more difficult to reconstruct its history than is the case with some
other Jewish communities in Spain.
Through oral history testimonies and
the location of several dispersed sources, this article provides new
ethnographic and historical information that contributes to recovering
the memory of this Jewish community.
The study is also an attempt to
explain the reasons behind the departure of most of the community's
members in the early 1940s, after more than 20 years of settlement and
integration in the city of Barcelona.
It shows how the new conditions
introduced by the Francoist authorities had a direct impact on the
ability of community members to make a living.
The restrictions forced
them first to ask for help from the international organizations which
were helping European refugees and ultimately to leave the country."
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