09 October 2008

Eretz Amazonia review by Denis Minev

Eretz Amazonia: Os judeus na Amazonia
by Samuel Benchimol
Edition: Unknown Binding
Availability: Out of Print--Limited Availability

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5.0 out of 5 stars THE HISTORY OF THE JEWISH MIGRANTS TO THE AMAZONFebruary 11, 2005
This is a book about the history of the Jewish people in the Amazon region. I am somewhat biased to speak about it, as I am the grandson of the author. 

The book focuses on tracking the history of the Jewish migration that took place mostly in the 19th century from Morocco to the Brazilian Amazon. These immigrants were and are an integral part of the communities today living in the region, though the vast majority either live in the largest cities (Manaus and Belem) or have moved to Rio or Sao Paulo. There are tables listing all the families that migrated to the region, as well as lists of all burials in local Jewish cemeteries. It also explains a bit the motives behind the migration (anti-Semitism in Morocco coupled with economic opportunity in Brazil). 

If you would like a copy of this book, I would be happy to get one for you, just send me an e-mail.

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