Doreen Carvajal

‘The Silent Jews,’ Given Voice

Times reporter Doreen Carvajal’s memoir sets out ‘to find some broken spiritual shards of myself and my ancestors.’

Jewish Week Book Critic

Her name was the first clue. Over the years, people pointed out to Doreen Carvajal, who was raised Catholic, that her last name sounded like a name of conversos, Spanish Jews forced to convert during the Inquisition. Caught up in other ambitions, she didn’t pay much attention.

Doreen Carvajal, raised Catholic but interested in her possible Jewish roots, visited villages in southern Spain where relatives
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