Jewish Spain: Barcelona, Catalonia and Heritage with Mark Planellas Witzsch

Jewish Spain: Barcelona, Catalonia and Heritage with Mark Planellas Witzsch


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Why do Spaniards have a fondness for cured pork? Why is parsley handed out free in the markets? Why do Spaniards clean the house on Saturday? This Conversation will seek to understand the answers to these questions, with an emphasis on Jewish heritage and history in Barcelona, Catalonia and Spain more broadly.

Spain was once home to one of the largest, flourishing Jewish communities in Europe before the 1492 Edict of Expulsion displaced Spanish Jews throughout the world. We’ll learn how the Gothic Quarter in Barcelona was once the nucleus of the city's Jewish community. We’ll discuss how Barcelona was a highly prosperous Jewish settlement until the Spanish Inquisition forever altered the course of Spain's Jewish history.

We’ll discuss the thousands of years of Jewish heritage and history in the Iberian Peninsula and the role it has played within Spanish and Catalonian identity. We’ll discuss how the traits of each Jewish community were diverse; we’ll learn about the particular traits of Portuguese, Castilian, and Catalan Jewish communities as we trace their histories from the Middle Ages to today.

Barcelona, or the “Jerusalem of Europe”, as it was once known, will be the main focus of our Conversation. Led by Mark Planellas Witzsch, this virtual tour will serve as a lens to exemplify the history and the fate of so many Jewish communities across Catalonia, Spain, and Portugal. Participants will emerge with a greater understanding and awareness of how Jewish identity and heritage has continued to play an important role in the history of the Iberian Peninsula for thousands of years.

Mark Planellas Witzsch is active in several areas in the cultural field and taught philosophy of art and avant-gardes of the twentieth century at university, focusing on universally well-known Catalan artists such as Salvador Dalí and Joan Miró. Catalonia being a part of Spain that has historically defended democracy and the ideals of the republic, the vast majority of its artists were committed to those Civil values and reflected it in their art. This led Mark Planellas to dive into some related topics, such as propaganda in the twentieth century, thus publishing books on the subject, such as “Jaume Miravitlles. El somriure de Catalunya”, which explains the history of the first modern propaganda ministry ever created, in the context of the Spanish Civil War.

This conversation is suitable for all ages

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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