World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article

History of the Jews in Paraguay

Article Id: WHEBN0046670333
Reproduction Date:

Title: History of the Jews in Paraguay  
Author: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Language: English
Subject: History of the Jews in Suriname, History of the Jews in Venezuela, History of the Jews in Colombia, History of the Jews in Bolivia, History of the Jews in Ecuador
Collection: Jewish Paraguayan History
Publisher: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Publication
Date:
 

History of the Jews in Paraguay

Paraguayan Jews
יהודים בפרגוואי
Total population
10,000[1]
Regions with significant populations
Asunción, Villarrica
Languages
Spanish, Hebrew, Yiddish
Religion
Judaism
Related ethnic groups
Argentine Jews, Brazilian Jews, Ashkenazi Jews

The history of the Jews in Paraguay begins with the arrival of migration flows, mainly from Europe. The first waves of Jewish immigration to Paraguay began in 1904.[2]

Currently, Jewish-Paraguayan community is about 1,000 people, most of them located in the capital Asunción. The first Jews arrived in Paraguay at the end of the 19th century. At the beginning of the 20th century the first community institutions were established in the city of Asunción. During the 20s Jews from Poland and Ukraine arrived in Paraguay, and in the 30s a wave of mass immigration of some 20,000 Jews from Germany arrived. After World War II, many Jews came to the country, as survivors, but over time many Jews left the residence in favour of neighbouring Argentina (home to the largest Jewish community in Latin America), and Brazil (second-largest), or made aliyah to Israel.

Migration history

Toward the 19th century, Jewish immigrants arrived in Paraguay from countries such as France, Switzerland and Italy. During World War I Jews from Palestine (Jerusalem), Egypt and Turkey arrived in Paraguay, mostly Sephardi Jews. In the 1920s, there was a second wave of immigrants from Ukraine and Poland. Between 1933 and 1939, between 15,000 and 20,000 Jews from Germany, Austria and Czechoslovakia took advantage of Paraguay's liberal immigration laws to escape from Nazi-occupied Europe. After World War II, most Jews that arrived in Paraguay were survivors of concentration camps. Today, there are 10,000 Jews mostly living in Paraguay's capital city of Asunción. The majority of the Paraguayan Jewry is of Ashkenazi background.

See also

References

  1. ^ Congreso Judío Latinoamericano. "Comunidades judías: Paraguay" (in Spanish). Retrieved 11 May 2015. 
  2. ^ ABC. "Inmigración judía" (in Spanish). Retrieved 11 May 2015. 
This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and USA.gov, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for USA.gov and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
 
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
 
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.
 


Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from Project Gutenberg are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.