The book My 15 Grandmothers takes the reader through an exciting maze of intrigue, where literally every stone that is turned, yields a new twist in the personal journey of Genie Milgrom. Having been brought up in a Roman Catholic family in Havana, Cuba and descending from Spanish ancestry did not ensure that her life would be lived within that realm. In response to strongThe book My 15 Grandmothers takes the reader through an exciting maze of intrigue, where literally every stone that is turned, yields a new twist in the personal journey of Genie Milgrom. Having been brought up in a Roman Catholic family in Havana, Cuba and descending from Spanish ancestry did not ensure that her life would be lived within that realm. In response to strong feelings and an affinity towards Judaism, her search for her family's past, took on a deeper significance as she researched her maternal lineage and not only discovered but documented and verified her Pre-Inquisition Spanish Roots to Fifteenth Century Spain and Portugal where they lived first as Jews, then as Crypto Jews and finally as Roman Catholics. She was able to unravel the web of lies and deceit that her family had spun around themselves in order to survive the Spanish Inquisition .They lived with one foot in each world as they converted to Catholicism openly while secretly practicing their own religion underground. Genie was fortunate enough to grab the brass ring that was thrown in the air over 500 years ago....
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My 15 Grandmothers Reviews
This was a very interesting book. The author writes about her personal history regarding her Converso Jewish ancestors, who converted to Catholicism during the Spanish Inquisition but continued to practice their Judaism in secret. She was able to research her maternal grandmothers back to 1480. She was raised a Catholic but converted to Judaism as she felt strongly that she belonged there. As she did her genealogy she came to realize that the had been Jewish all along. I would like to read a book about these Converso Jews in a more general, historical sense. I liked this book but I would like more history on the whole Spanish Inquisition - Jewish conflict and how people survived.
Wonderful story of a Cuban-born Catholic, raised in the US, who follows her calling by converting to Orthodox Judaism, then traces 15 generations of grandmothers back to find that they were Marranos in the Inquisition, forced to convert from Judaism to Catholicism. Very personal story, could have been made better by more professional editing to bring closure to some items.
My local library didn't own this book. I paid extra for an inter-library loan. Well worth it!
Very interesting memoir. Rhetorical style somewhat amateurish. Narration is quite idiosyncratic. A quick read and quite worthwhile given the unique subject.
It made me want to read more on the subject
This was an interesting concept. I didn't really like the style it was written in and the formatting was difficult for me to read; there were a number of typographical errors.
simply fascinating! I felt I was with Genie every step of the way. It's an incredible journey.