Dropsie College Theses


Jacob Levitz

Date of Award

Spring 4-28-1954

Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

First Advisor

Leo L. Honor

Second Advisor

Raphael Patai

Third Advisor

Bernard D. Weinryb


The Jews have been associated with New Spain, as Mexico was formerly called, since the conquest of the country. It is known that among the conquistadores who accompanied Cortes there was the Marrano Hernando Alonso.1 The Marranos, or their descendants, who fled to New Spain hoping to free themselves from the surveillance of the Inquisition, soon found its very dreadful arm reached out to them in the new habitat. Even before the arrival of the offical Inquisition (1571) for the purpose of freeing the land "which has become contaminated by Jews and heretics ...,"2 a number of persons where persecuted and tried for practicing Judaism.


Library at the Katz Center - Archives Room Manuscript. F1399.J4 L485 1953.

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