The Last Jews Of Kerala

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Granta Publications, Mar 3, 2011 - History - 272 pages
Separated by a narrow stretch of swamp-like waters, and distinguished by the colour of their skin, the Black Jews and the White Jews have been locked in a rancorous feud for centuries. Only now, when their combined number has diminished to fewer than fifty and they are on the threshold of extinction, have the two remaining Jewish communities in south India begun to realise that their destiny, and their undoing, is the same. Living in Cochin alongside this last generation, Edna Fernandes tells their story from the illustrious arrival of their ancestors from the court of King Solomon, through their long heyday of wealth, tolerance and privilege to their present twilight existence, as synagogues crumble into disuse and weddings become a thing of the past, leaving only funerals.

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A very well written and much readable account of the few remaining members (less than 50) of the Jewish community in Cochin. It chronicles in detail about the feud between the White or Paradesi jews ... Read full review

THE LAST JEWS OF KERALA: The 2,000 Year History of India's Forgotten Jewish Community

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Repetitious history of a vanishing community.The title refers to the fewer than 50 remaining Jews living in the province of Kerala, on India's tropical southwest shores. The Paradesi, or "white" Jews ... Read full review

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About the author (2011)

EDNA FERNANDES is a British Indian journalist who has worked for many of the leading international news organizations from AP-Dow Jones and Reuters in London to the FT in New Delhi. Her articles have appeared in the Wall Street Journal and International Herald Tribune. Her first book for Portobello was Holy Warriors.

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