Tomorrow evening at University – Lecture on the lost Jews of St. Maarten

POSTED: 10/3/12 1:10 PM

St. Maarten – The University of St. Martin and the Philipsburg Jubilee Library host a lecture on “The Lost Jews of St. Maarten”, presented by Dana Cohen Sprott tomorrow. The lecture begins at 6.30 p.m. and concludes at 8 p.m. Entry is free.
This lecture is one of the events within the country wide tolerance program in the schools, media and community led by the Anne Frank Foundation, the Philipsburg Jubilee Library, and the St. Maarten Heritage Foundation. A culmination of research on the presence of a Jewish community in St. Maarten that predates the American Revolution, old photographs of the island as well as a historical look at deeds that pinpoint the exact location of the St. Maarten Synagogue from 1783, the Jewish Burial Ground and the stages of facial reconstruction will be showcased.

Lecturer Dana Cohen Sprott has spent the last 20 years in St. Maarten, and it was during her time on the island that she learned that there might have been a Jewish community here. Using good old fashioned research with the help of the Cadastre’s office, government affairs, Simarc and the St. Maarten Heritage Foundation, she located the site of the former Jewish burial grounds where Radio Shack is located (1740- 1860) and the location of the Jewish Synagogue behind the West Indian Tavern. She currently lectures at Florida Atlantic University on the Jews of the Caribbean and The Caribbean and WWII.

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