AGAINST THE INQUISITION.

Author:Mendlowicz, Mauro V.
 
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The saga of the crypto-Jews in the Latin-American colonies of Spain and Portugal, as told in Against the Inquisition, is a dark corner of Jewish history ("A Tragic Life Lived Truthfully," July/August 2018). As masterfully evoked by Marcos Aguinis, Francisco Maldonado da Silva, the son of a convicted Marrano, strives to recover his forgotten heritage and live a Jewish life. A physician and an accomplished poet, knowledgeable about theology and the scriptures, skillful and supremely courageous, Maldonado was, however, more than a match for his tormentors. He withstood isolation, hunger strikes, torture and theological challenges during 13 years and faced the threat of a painful death with an unshakeable faith in...

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