the Twentieth Century without loss of civilized standing.
“In the second place, Hitler’s anti-Semitism in the Twentieth Century is much harsher and more uncompromising than Spanish anti-Semitism in the Fifteenth. We, at least, gave the Jews the opportunity of remaining at a price. Most of our best families today are proud of the Jewish blood in their veinsâ€”the blood of Jews who embraced our faith and merged with the Spaniards. But the Nazis do not even allow conversion to their cause. The Jew in Germany is outlaw, though he be only one-quarter Jew and a practising Christian.”
PROUD OF JEWISH BLOOD
The historical crime against an entire race is still on the Spanish conscience, after a lapse of five hundred years. Count Romanones is typical of thousands of cultured Spaniards, I was told, who feel that the expulsion of the Jews in the time of Columbus is a blot on the national record.
There is even an exaggerated pride in Jewish ancestry among th# titled families of Spain. Occasionally a family tree is doctored a wee bit, as is the way of all genealogy, by grafting on a Jewish branch somewhere near the base.