The Roots of South American Jewry

The Jewish community in Argentina, about 230 000 people, is the largest in the Spanish-speaking world. An exhibition in the Jewish Museum in Berlin addresses the socio-cultural contribution of Jewish immigrants from European background in this South American country. Through it we learn of a particular model of immigration and integration, one which led to a nation characterized less by its “melting pot” than by its inhabitants’ cultural and ethnic variety. The exhibition illuminates connections between Jewish, German, and Argentine cultures. It was a fate of history that Adolf Eichmann was identified by the Jewish girlfriend of his sun. The family of the girl had been killed, just her parents survived and immigrated to Argentine. Daniel Barenboim is a recent and more pleasant example of the links between past and present.