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JEWISH BOOK ANNUAL
Je ru s a lem , Un iversity o f F lo rida , a n d Un iversity o f Bueno s
A ires have co -spon so red LAJSA con fe ren ce s on th e Jew ish P re s ­
ence in Latin Am erica con f irm s th a t LAJS have com e o f age.
W ha t pub lished re sou rce s a re available fo r th e scho la r o r lay
re a d e r with an in te re s t in LA Jew ry ?2 M a rtin H. Sab le’s
Latin
AmericanJewry: A Research Guide
(C incinnati: H eb rew U n ion Co l­
lege, 1978) is the s ta n d a rd b ib liog raphy fo r the field . Based
on re se a rch p e r fo rm e d wo rldw ide , an d encom pa ss ing all la n ­
guages, th e G u ide p re sen ts a com p reh en s iv e view o f p r im a ry
an d seconda ry do cum en ts id en tif ied in th e ea rly seventies, b u t
w ithou t an n o ta t io n .
A Guide to Latin American Jewish Studies: An
Annotated Bibliography of Serials, Monographs, Dissertations, and Ar­
ticles
is p re sen tly be ing com p iled by this w r i te r an d A na Lya
S a te r fo r pub lica tion by G reenw ood Press in 1989. P ick ing u p
w he re Sable left o ff, th e G u id e inc ludes the new g e n e ra t io n
o f scho lars who have leg itim a ted LAJS as an academ ic disci­
pline. T h e eva lua tion o f en tr ie s will c re a te an in te g ra te d s t ru c ­
tu r e fo r physical an d in te llec tua l access to re c o rd e d m ateria ls .
EARLY BEGINNINGS
A lthough th e re were fa r few er Jew s in L a tin Am e rica d u r in g
the colonial p e r io d (when they w ere legally b a r re d from re s id in g
th e re ) th an in th e p e r io d since in d e p e n d e n c e , th e e a r l ie r e ra
has always a t tra c te d m o re scholars. W ith in this tim e p e r io d , the
en h an c ed level o f Jew ish scho la rsh ip in Brazil, in itia ted by h is­
to r ia n A n ita Novinsky, is cu r re n t ly re p re s e n te d by Rachel
M iz rah i B rom b e rg ,
A Inquisiqao no Brasil: um capitao-mor
judaizante
(Sao Paulo: FFLCH /USP , 1984) an d M aria L ib e rm an ,
0 Levante do Maranhao “Judeu Cabega do Motim:” Manoel Beckman
(Sao Paulo: FFLCH /USP , 1983). T h e last book o f S eym ou r B.
L iebm an ,
New World Jewry, 1493-1825: Requiem fo r the Forgotten
(New York: Ktav, 1982) m o re o r less re sum e s his p rev iou s work .
Ch ilean h is to r ian G u n te r Bohm con tinu e s to pub lish u se fu l b u t
un d ig e s ted p r im a ry do cum en ts u n d e r titles th a t p rom ise m o re
th an they de liver . T h e two m ost re c e n t a re
Historia de los judios
en Chile. Vol. 1, Periode Colonial
(San tiago : E d ito r ia l A n d re s
2 An earlier review o f monographic and periodical publications useful to Latin
Americanists may be found in my article in
Latin American Research Review,
20:2 (1985): 124-41.