Abstract

This article examines the symbolic uses of the past—in this case, the mass conversions of Jews in fourteenth-century Spain and their consequences, the establishment of the Inquisition, the 1492 expulsion—in narratives of Jewish exiles in Spain during World War II. It focuses on Trudi Alexy's memoir, The Mezuzah in the Madonna's Foot, in which the author draws a spiritual connection between her exile in Spain in the 1940s and the struggles of crypto-Jews in earlier centuries, providing her narrative with a desired coherence in the face of the contradictory circumstances that led to deliverance from the Holocaust in Francoist Spain.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1527-1994
Print ISSN
0935-560X
Pages
pp. 95-124
Launched on MUSE
2010-10-06
Open Access
No
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