Right off the bat, I noticed that “The Ghost of Hannah Mendes“ was different than her other books. It didn’t focus on the religious community or on Israel. It focused, instead, on the Spain, the bonds of Sephardic families and the damage the Inquisition and (and later the Holocaust) did to Sephardic Jewry. It was a fictional account but I learned so much, enough to look up the nonfiction sources the author used to write her vivid novel.
I was floored by the little tidbits the author shared of the experience of Sephardic Jews during the Holocaust. Why hadn’t I ever heard of the Sephardic experience during the Holocaust? Was it just my own ignorance or more?
Tomorrow is Yom Hashoah, Holocaust Rememberance Day, and I will not forget Stella Levi.