Marranos -- The Original Crypto Jews

November 1, 2009

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by Henry Makow Ph.D.


After Christians took back Spain from the Moors in the 14th Century, they wanted "to root out all non-Catholic elements in the country and unite it under Catholic rule." (Prinz, The Secret Jews, p.25)

Jews had lived in Spain since the 4th Century BC and had prospered under the Moors. The Church demanded that the more than 400,000 Jews convert or leave. Because thousands had been massacred in anti-Jews riots of 1391, more than 250,000 Jews agreed to convert and became known as "conversos." 

However, the Church soon realized it had made a fatal blunder. As you would expect, the majority of these converts were not sincere. These were called "Marranos" (pigs.) But now that they could pass as Christians, they were exempt from the taxes and restrictions that governed Jews. They were more influential and powerful than ever.

They intermarried with the nobility and rose to the highest ranks in government and the Church. The founder of the Jesuits, Ignatius of Loyola , was a converso, and so was his successor Diego Lainex. Most conversos practiced Judaism in secret and were considered "Judaizers."

The "Jews had invaded Spain from within...Judaism was not only incurable; it seemed to be invincible....rather than solving the "Jewish question" the mass conversions had created a new problem: a powerful middle class made up of secret Jews." (42)  

The Marranos are the original model for the Freemasons and Communists. They pretended to belong to the target group. But, like Masons, they had handshakes to recognize each other and they met in secret at night to rehearse their subversive dogmas.


EXCEPTIONS

There were also many exceptions, sincere converts like St. Theresa of Avila, the greatest Catholic woman mystic. Ironically, when Ferdinand and Isabella restored the Inquisition in 1478, sincere converts took the lead. "The most notorious of these is Tomas de Torquemada, who was descended from a Jewish family, as was his equally violent assistant, Diego de Daza." (39)

The Inquisition is considered one of the most traumatic events in Jewish history. But it had no power over Jews. It was addressed at Christians converts who had deviated from the faith:

"The Marranos ... appeared not as Jews but as allegedly heretical Christians. The number of Marranos who were executed..is estimated at 30,000. The same Inquisition also punished Muslims ("Moriscos")...However, no unconverted Jews were ever called to the tribunals."

Nevertheless, in 1492 Ferdinand and Isabella expelled all Jews from Spain. Joachim Prinz remarks on the "apparent inability of Jews to understand or predict their own catastrophes. The Jews, whose history consists of one tragedy after another,has yet to be prepared for any one of them." (51)


AFTERMATH

The same process was repeated in Portugal. While many Iberian Marranos eventually gave up their religion, many more left and flooded Europe and the New World (America) with Jews who were able to pass as Christians, i.e. "crypto Jews."

According to Prinz, they prospered wherever they went. Their wealth was "staggering...In Bordeaux, Avignon, Nantes and Marseilles, it became a compliment to characterize a Christian businessman as being "riche comme une juif." 

In England, there were only 100 Marrano families in the early 17th century but "they were among the most successful merchants in London."  In Germany, 40 Marrano families participated in the founding of the Bank of Hamburg in 1619. The fortune of the Marranos of Altona near Hamburg, was estimated at almost six million marks and some of the finest homes in nearby Amsterdam belonged to newly arrived Marranos." (127)

Everyone knew they were Christians of convenience. "The fiction of their Christian allegiance was a business arrangement...[their] banking house..was a Christian institution with which emperors, dukes, bishops, and heads of government could safely do business." (130)

Inevitably, these Marrano bankers and merchants acted in concert. Prinz tells the story of the Marrano banker (House of Mendes)  Joseph Nasi  (1524-1579) who controlled the Ottoman Empire as Adviser to Sultan Suleiman and later his son Salim. He tried to create a Jewish homeland at Tiberias but no Jews wanted to settle there. Later, he devised the "Marrano Strategy."  He would boycott or ruin anyone who persecuted Marranos. (141)

When a fire destroyed the Harbor of Venice in 1571, many suspected the House of Mendes of paying arsonists to set the blaze. "And while much of the city was still in flames, Joseph Nasi counseled the sultan to occupy the Venetian island of Cyprus, declaring it a Turkish possession." (142)


CONCLUSION

The real history of the world is the story of how certain rich Jewish bankers and their non-Jewish Masonic allies have conspired to establish the world government dictatorship now emerging.

The outline of this history is becoming visible. Jews or Marranos have always dominated commerce. Their natural allies were the local aristocrats, who provided protection. Intermarriages took place. The royal families of Europe are probably part-Jewish. E.g. Prince Charles was circumcised by a Jewish mohel.

Now we are seeing a resurgence of the feudal system, where the masses serve this small, inbred, super rich, network of perverts and satanists.  Education and media teaches the serfs to embrace the illuminati's agenda. Taser-wielding cops and soldiers will prod the laggards.

Welcome to the New World Order. It entails some risk for Jews who aren't part of this tiny clique. But Jews never were very good at "predicting their own catastrophes."
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Comments for "Marranos -- The Original Crypto Jews"

Kevin said (November 3, 2009):

I once dated a girl whom was a Scientologist. After seeing what they wanted her to do with her life ( Be sent to an "Org", then work full time for free for 4 years), I did some research. It seemed to be a total cult.

Upon talking to her about this, I noticed any time anyone mentioned something negative about Scientology, it was like her mind would instantly shut off. I would also be viewed as an unenlightened enemy. The above was due to her mental programming that she received at her Scientology church. They programmed followers in that exact way, so that any outside criticism would lead the follower to "Shut off" for lack of a better term, and ignore any and all outside ideas, no matter if they were from friends, family, or significant others.

I notice this same "shut off" when people hear about Jews, the holocaust, gays, secret societies, etc. It is like the population , or much of it, has been programmed to believe only one thing, no matter what evidence they are confronted with. Even if they see facts and hear theories that make 100% sense to them, they might agree, then simply forget about it. They really do not care.

Do you feel there is any hope for a turn around? How does one have kids in this present society? Should a parent teach them the truth as they see it, even though the children will be ostracized and even punished in school? The topics you right about make 100% sense, yet how can people use that information to better their lives? How can the word be spread in an effective manner to combat years of media programming?
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Kevin,

You can lead a horse to water but you can't make him drink. But as conditions worsen, more and more people will be looking for answers.

henry


Chris said (November 3, 2009):

ig fan of history articles, this was a very interesting read. But if I may comment on something :


"Now we are seeing a resurgence of the feudal system, where the masses serve this small, inbred, super rich, network of perverts and
satanists. Education and media teaches the serfs to embrace the illuminati's agenda. Taser-wielding cops and soldiers will prod the
laggards."


I believe we are beginning to realize that the feudal system has always been there. From the top down, orders have always been handed
out and obeyed without question as to the method or motive. This will be a rough time, but as in any age, great minds will rise to speak of
a better way. I can only hope, in this society, that we do not do the equivalent of 'burning at the stake' before we hear what they have to
say. I, for one, would be most willing to listen to someone that has something to say. Something real and tangible.

You might get a lot of confused emails from this entry Henry, but the facts speak for themselves. Truth is stranger than fiction and that
is a fact. History is full of more plot holes and incongruities than a science fiction novel.

But since we are the product of our ancestors it is good to know this, in order to prevent it in the future.


Dick said (November 2, 2009):

1492 jumped out at me – I wonder if you have seen any evidence that Columbus (Cristóbal Colón) was himself a Marrano. He was sponsored by Ferdinand and Isabella, and I'm sure one could theorize that his voyage was to find a "New World" for those "non-Catholics" threatened by the inquisition.

I also find it interesting how "New World Order" is always phrased as a "New Order for the World", and not the "Order for the New World" (America), as it was in John Robison's 1770s book on the
Illuminati. Taking a long-range view of things, 250-years is not a terribly long project for those being purged from Europe to set up dominion in the New World.

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Dick,

Joachim Prinz, a former President of the American Jewish Congress, writes in "The Secret Jews" that a major Spanish historian believes Columbus was a Marrano whose family moved to Italy. Marranos played a prominent role in his expeditions and their financing. (pp.56-57)


Absar said (November 2, 2009):

On a side note.. I would like to point out that prior to 1492, Spain had been ruled for 800 years by Muslims. It was referred to as Andalos.

All religions, specifically the Jews, enjoyed tremendous freedom under Muslim rule (Shariah Law). Many Jews enjoyed nobility.

This all ended in 1492 when the Muslim's were thrown out... and the inquisition began.


Henry Makow received his Ph.D. in English Literature from the University of Toronto in 1982. He welcomes your comments at