A Transformation of the Sephardic Communities and Sarajevo Sephardic Attitudes Toward Yugoslavia, Spain and Israel

  • Jonna Rock


To set the stage for my analysis of contemporary data, this chapter first draws a historical sketch of the identity creating factors ‘Spain,’ ‘Yugoslavia’ and ‘Israel.’ Further, this chapter contains narratives of Sarajevo Sephardim in regards to belonging to ‘Spain,’ ‘Yugoslavia’ and ‘Israel.’ Questions I ask my interviewees include whether they think someone will speak Judeo-Spanish in Sarajevo in a couple of years. If they consider Hebrew and Israel to be important and whether or not they support Israel in football matches when Bosnia and Herzegovina or Spain is playing against Israel. Moreover, I ask if they have lived in Israel and, if so, if they wish to return there. As regards Yugoslavia, the chapter explores which language the Sephardi Jews opted for after the Yugoslav experiment collapsed in the 1990s.


Contemporary Sephardic culture in Sarajevo Language use Nationalist language ideology Sephardim in Medieval Spain Sephardim and Israel Sephardim Spanish citizenship law Spain after the expulsion Yugoslavia 


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