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Villa’s Father Was Spanish Jew, Says Mexican Writer

July 24, 1923
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The list of notables of Jewish descent must be further enlarged to make room for another figure-Pancho Villa. According to Miss Esperanz Velazquez Bringas, a young Mexican writer who says she interviewed the late Mexican hero-bandit, several months ago, Villa’s father was of Spanish-Jewish descent.

The fact wax revealed by Miss Bringas two days after Villa’s violent death. Villa did not remember his own father, according to the Mexican writer, his father having parted from his Mexican wife while he was an infant. Several years ago Villa met an old man who told the Mexican general that he knew his father and that his name was “German”. His mother, Villa declared, sought to conceal him from his father by use of the name Villa.

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