Welcome to our online collection of stories!
Since 1651, thousands of Jews fleeing the Inquisition, antisemitism, persecution, and pogroms landed in Curaçao, and for many, it became their home. Their collective histories have been recorded, as well as some individual stories. At the Jewish Cultural Historical Museum, we believe in adding personal stories to the general storyline. Visitors can better understand almost 400 years of Jewish life on the island.
We have, therefore, embarked on a journey to bring together as many of these individual stories of Curaçao Jews. People of the Jewish faith who, at one point or another, called Curaçao their home. We call these stories OSAATS We continually dig, find, digest, and produce materials about our island and its Jewish descendants. We display each story for a few months and swap them out as we create new ones. Once swapped out, an OSAAT lands in the collections listed below, where you can explore and read at leisure.
The museum is working on a better way to present these stories that will allow them to be organized better to make them more accessible. In the meantime, we did not want to hold them back from you.
If you would like to see a Curaçao Jew included in this project, please check out how you can help us create more content:
Or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and tell us who or what you think we should be writing about. We would love to hear from you!