His Story/Her Story: Grace Aguilar

07.07.2012                      17.Tammus. 5772                      Balak

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His Story/Her Story: Grace Aguilar

When Grace Aguilar died in 1847 in Frankfurt (where she had gone to improve her health), she mourned internationally.

It is hard to imagine that in the mid-18th century, Portuguese conversos were still being hounded by the Inquisition, but it appears to have been the case. As the result of reforms in Portugal in the 1770s, the autos-dafé were abolished, whereas the Inquisition as an institution was not disbanded until 1821! As a result, the Aguilars arrived in England and were welcomed as new members of the London Spanish and Portuguese Synagogue. Emanuel, head of the household, even served as a lay leader in the synagogue. In 1816, Grace was the first of three children born to Sarah and Emanuel; unfortunately, like her father, she suffered from an onslaught of health problems….