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Have you wondered about your ancestors? Does your family history include stories of Jewish heritage or Jewish traditions?

During the Spanish Inquisition (1492), some of these families moved north in Italy and to the Low Lands (Belgium and the Netherlands) or east into Greece and Islamic countries to pursue their religion without fear of death.

Some were already inter-married with Catholic families and were blending into that society and not openly practicing the Jewish religion so they didn’t need to move. Some were converted to Christianity as adults to stay in their towns and keep their lives.

My most distant ancestor I found so far was Abraham Fresco, born in Venice, Italy in 1625 and he was probably the first Fresco who settled in Holland.

Any help to add information of the Fresco family will be highly appreciated.


Bernard Fresco (Holland/Israel)