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Book Discussion Group: “Jewish Pirates of the Caribbean” by Edward Kritzler
February 13, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pmFree
Join us for our Book Discussion Group – Jewish Pirates of the Caribbean – by Edward Kritzler – Discussion led by Professor Stan Mirvis of Arizona State University – Thursday, Feb. 13th, 2020 at 7PM
In this lively debut work of history, Edward Kritzler tells the tale of an unlikely group of swashbuckling Jews who ransacked the high seas in the aftermath of the Spanish Inquisition. At the end of the fifteenth century, many Jews had to flee Spain and Portugal. The most adventurous among them took to the seas as freewheeling outlaws. In ships bearing names such as the Prophet Samuel, Queen Esther, and Shield of Abraham, they attacked and plundered the Spanish fleet while forming alliances with other European powers to ensure the safety of Jews living in hiding. Filled with high-sea adventures–including encounters with Captain Morgan and other legendary pirates–Jewish Pirates of the Caribbean reveals a hidden chapter in Jewish history as well as the cruelty, terror, and greed that flourished during the Age of Discovery.
Professor Stan Mirvis of Arizona State University will lead a critical discussion of the book, highlighting the amazing history of Jewish life in the Caribbean as well as some of the popular misconceptions about the subject.