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Re: Jewish Milanos
Posted by: Andrea Milano Date: March 09, 2002 at 01:41:00
In Reply to: Re: Jewish Milanos by Adrianne Vidal of 81

Dear Adrianne,
I am afraid I have to repeat what wrote in other entries, the Milano family has both catholic and Jewish lines, way back in the past(in and around 1492, the approximate date of the expulsion of the spanish Jews) they went to many countries of the diaspora, Jewish Milano were to be found in Holland, England,Germany among the sefardi's communities and their tombs are still found in these counties. At the moment, as far as I know, there are no Jewish Milanos in these countries. The most ancient record which I've found referring to a Jewish MIlano, concerns a "Jussif el Milano" in the 13th century in Narbonne, now France, at that time part of the kingdom of Aragon. There are Milanos still living in both in France and Spain, I wouldn't know if they are aware of their Jewish ancestry. most Italian Milanos aren't Jewish anymore, there is a concentration om Milanos in the south of Italy (almost all the american Milanos come from there) which means that their relationship with Judaism must be very far since the south of Italy was ,-it saddens me to write this- Jews-free from +/- 1500 until (with some brifs interludes in between)+/- 1800 when the Jews returned and formed minute communities in cities like Naples which counts about 700 jews at the moment. In the Vatican state, in Rome in particular, although Jews were subjected to a lot of threats for their existence, the communities some of which date more than 2000 years, managed to to survive until the present day and there you can find some Jewish Milanos, the most famous scholar of the Italian Jewish History was Attilio MIlano.
North-Italian Milanos are almost always catholic but a friend told me of some connection with his ,jewish family, originating in Turin.
Vidal can be a Jewish surname(or first name) it containd the same relation to CHAI_CHAIM and it is just the spanish translation, I am interested in any imformation concerning Milanos and activly seeking a way to shoe how complex the histoty of this relatively large family developed in the world. More than anything else I would be intrested in Milanos who were "anousim" or rather families who were officially catholic but practiced judaism, or forms of it , in private.
I can only wish you well with your research and with your daughter's health.
Shalom


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