Devin Naar, Sephardic Studies Program Chair and Isaac Alhadeff Professor of Sephardic Studies, was featured in an article titled “How Jews expelled from Spain forged a diaspora with ties to 25% of Latin America.”
Naar was interviewed by director Joseph Lovett for his film ‘Children of the Inquisition,’ which examines the forced conversion of Jews from the Iberian Peninsula 500 years ago.
According to the film, the former Ottoman city of Salonika (today Thessaloniki, Greece), had the world’s largest concentration of Sephardim. During the Holocaust, 45,000 of Salonika’s Jews were deported to Auschwitz between March and August 1943. Naar’s grandfather’s oldest brother and his family were among those deported from Salonika to Auschwitz.