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Lilian Gafni's Biography

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Nov 2012

I'm of Sephardic descent. That means my ancestors were Spanish Jews who left Spain to live around the Mediterranean during the infamous 1492 expulsion. I grew up speaking Ladino (a mixture of Castilian Spanish and Hebrew words) in my home.

I write about the traumas of displaced populations, and to give a voice to the thousands of victims who have been brutally silenced through the ages due to their religion or personal history. My books are historical fiction, Flower from Castile Trilogy, Hello Exile, and non-fiction, Living a Blissful Marriage.




Two hundred thousand Spanish Jews made the fateful decision to leave Spain in 1492. Many others converted rather than face the unknown in other lands. Today, 50% of Spaniards and Portuguese have the DNA Jewish marker that proves they have Sephardic Jewish ancestors.

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