A very brief history of Jewish life on the island of Curaçao.
There are hundreds of years of archival materials all over the world that document the journey of the Jews of Curaçao. So, understandably many an article, essay, book and even volume has been written and published about the almost four centuries of Jewish life on the island. Shall we take a look?
As early as the late 19th century, but mostly in the early 20th century, Ashkenazi Jews also started arriving in Curaçao, mainly from Romania and Poland. In their mother countries they had been treated as second class citizens due to anti-Jewish measures. In addition, between the two world wars extreme poverty reigned in Eastern Europe. All this, along with rising anti-semitism and compulsory military service, prompted many Jews to leave and seek a new life elsewhere.