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Today in Jewish History - January 23 / Tevet 25

1639 January 23, AUTO DA FE (Lima, Peru)

The Court of the Inquisition Chaired By St. Dominic [Berruguette]
More than eighty New Christians were burned in this Auto Da Fe, including the renown doctor Francisco Maldonna de Silva (Elia Nazareno), after the Inquisition discovered that they were holding regular Jewish services. De Silva spent 12 years in prison, during which time he managed to write two books using a chicken bone and charcoal. Each book was about 100 pages. He succeeded in putting together a rope out of corn husks, but instead of escaping he used it to visit other prisoners, urging them to believe in Judaism.


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