Classic Tour of Jewish Buenos Aires
This famous tour will introduce you to Jewish Buenos Aires within the larger context of the history of Buenos Aires and Argentina
Itinerary of the Tour
We start our tour in Plaza de Mayo, the cradle of Buenos Aires and Argentina, creating the framework for the geographical and the historical understanding that will allow us to explore both Buenos Aires and Jewish BA in a most meaningful way.
We learn about the two foundations of the city, the reasons the Spaniards came to this part of the world in the first place, and the history of crypto-Jews in the Colonial times who were protected by a Catholic order from the persecution of the Inquisition, and how essential they were for the growth of Buenos Aires in the 17th century.
We will see the memorial to the victims of the Holocaust inside of the Metropolitan Cathedral of Buenos Aires, the Church of Pope Francis, the Argentine Pope!
In front of the Casa Rosada, the Pink House which is the current House of Government, which contains the famous Balcony from where Perón and Evita spoke to the Argentine people in the 1940's and 50`s, we will learn all about them as political figures, as well as their relationship on the one hand to the Nazis who escaped the trials of Europe coming to Argentina, and on the other hand their relationship to the Jewish community and the State of Israel.
From Plaza de Mayo, we then go to the neighborhood of Once –the Buenos Aires version of the Lower East Side in New York-- where besides walking its streets with Jewish stores, Kosher butchers, restaurants, bakeries and supermarkets, we will see the site of the AMIA, which was the target of the terrorist attack in 1994 that claimed the lives of eighty-five people.
We visit a synagogue, and we learn there about Jewish immigration to Argentina, about the Jewish Gauchos, and about both the Sephardic and the Ashkenazic communities so as to gain a good understanding of the diversity of the Argentine Jewish community.
If time allows, towards the end of the tour we will stop for a quick bite at a Kosher deli. The tour ends in Once.
General Topics about Argentina and Buenos Aires to be covered during the tour
- An Outline of the History of Argentina and of Buenos Aires:
Spanish Conquest & Settlement (1492-1536).
Colonial Buenos Aires (1536-1810).
Revolution & Independence (1810-1816).
Civil Wars (1816-1860).
Unification and The Golden Age of Argentina (1860-1930).
The Infamous Decade (1930-1945).
Peron & Evita (1946-1955).
Military & Constitutional Governments (1955-1983).
The return of democracy and neo-liberalism (1983-2011).
- Current Political and Economic Issues
- Architecture and Art in BA
- Spanish, British, French, Italian and German influences on Argentina and on BA
- Pope Francis
Topics about the Jewish community to be covered during the tour
The history and the demographic nature of the community.
Its relation to the Argentine society, political involvements with the various governments of Argentina.
Immigration Process and the Jewish Gauchos of the country-side.
- Anti-Semitism in Argentina:
In the early part of the century.
In the 1930´s.
During World War II.
Nazi refugees in the 1940´s and 1950´s.
The Eichmann case.
The military regime of 1976-82.
The terrorist attacks against the Israeli Embassy and the AMIA.
- Religion and secularism in the Argentine Jewish community: the various religious movements.
- Structure of the Community.
- Argentine Jewry and the State of Israel.
- The crisis of 2001 and its aftermath.
- The current challenges and the future of the community.
Ernesto Víctor Yattah
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