The Yiddish Book Center's

Wexler Oral History Project

A growing collection of in-depth interviews with people of all ages and backgrounds, whose stories about the legacy and changing nature of Yiddish language and culture offer a rich and complex chronicle of Jewish identity.

El Iluminado: The Story of Luis de Carabajal

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Ilan Stavans, academic and writer, talks about his graphic novel El Iluminado (a collaboration with artist Steve Sheinkin), which tells the story of crypto-Jew Luis de Carabajal, who was murdered in an auto-da-fé (execution by fire) at the hands of the Spanish Inquisition.

This is an excerpt from an oral history with Ilan Stavans.

This excerpt is in English.

Ilan Stavans was born in Mexico City, Mexico in 1961.

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