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The many photographs JOEs have sent are wonderful! Click here to view the slideshows of photographs. We have 43 collections (including one of vintage postcards); please send more.
In May 1957, Tuvia Arazi, the first non-resident ambassador of the State of Israel to Ecuador, submitted his credentials to the President of the Republic, Camilo Ponce Enriquez. Click here for photos and related documents.
The Holocaust as it relates to the Jews of Ecuador is a fascinating chapter in Ecuadorian history. Click here for more information and how the present-day Jewish community commemorates and teaches the lessons of the Holocaust throughgout Ecuador.
The Jewish community in Ecuador has organized annual commemorations since the United Nations decreed the International Day of Remembrance of Victims of the Holocaust, in 2008. Click here to view the programs and for more information.
Alberto Dorfzaun and Charles (Carlos) Beck both sent information concerning Ernesto Fuchs, Josef Vondracek, and Karel Linhart who saved many (perhaps up to 500) Jewish lives as honorary Ecuadorian consuls in Prague, in 1939.
"Holocaust Survivors and Their Testimony" -- a project of the Colegio Experimental Alberto Einstein (Quito).
YouTube Video about Ecuadorian Consul Manuel Antonio Muñoz Borrero, who issued life-saving Ecuadorian passports to Jews in Europe [in Spanish].
"Jewish Life in South America" -- Chapter entitled "Jewish Life in Ecuador" by J. X. Cohen, a survey study for the American Jewish Congress, published in 1941.
Letter dated Nov. 16, 1942, from Leib Jaffe, in which he provides his rather negative impressions of Jewish life in Guayaquil, and his efforts to raise funds for the KKL.
"Cacho" was a popular dice game played by many of the Jewish men in Ecuador. Visit "This & That" for the rules of the game, and also a copy of a "Cacho" scoring page from Centro Israelita ("El Club"), in Guayaquil.
Macabi-Quito Diplomas won by Eva de Wachsner -- "Campeona en Salto Largo" & "Campeona en 80 Mts. Planos" (July 16, 1944, Quito).
"Guayaquil Today -- A Powerpoint Presentation," submitted by Robby Fischler, appears in "This & That."
Jugendbund Chanitah 1941 - 1946 of Quito -- Minutes of reunion (July 15 & 16, 1988 in Miami, Florida).
The following personal memoirs and autobiographies appear in the "Recollections" section of this Web site; click in the highlighted names:
"Me in Guayaquil, Ecuador: 1951 - 1960" -- Gabriel E. Alexander (Jerusalem, Israel; September 2008).
"Gerda's Story" -- Gerda Gumpel Sifnaghel Anders (San Diego, CA; August 1999).
Gert Aron wrote: "Our family arrived in Guayaquil in April 1939, and went directly to Puyo, where we raised cattle until the end of 1948. Later, my father, Werner Aron, wrote his memoirs for family and friends. When he died suddenly in 1967, I completed the memoirs, and more than 20 years later, we had them printed as a book under the title "The Halo of the Jungle" (German version is called "Der Heiligenschein des Urwalds"). Click on Photographs to see photos of the Aron family in Puyo, and on Recollections to read the memoirs.
"Ecuadorean Echo" -- Read the sole issue of a Jews of Ecuador newsletter, published by John "Puli" Fried in June 1995.
"The Journey of Heinz Grunewald," Chapter 2 -- Heinz Grunewald (San Diego, CA; October 2003).
"My Life in Ecuador & Chile": a Preface and 8 chapters -- Cati Holland (nee Cohn) (Hadera, Israel; 2005).
Excerpts from Salomon Isacovici's autobiography,
"Man of Ashes," including chapter 19, which describes his life in Quito as a Holocaust survivor.
"Immigrating to Ecuador" -- Recollections of Walter Karger (Houston, Texas; January 2010).
"Autobiographical Notes -- Pedro Lilienfeld" (Lexington, Massachusetts; December 2011).
Excerpts from Werner M. Loval's autobiography, from the chapter entitled, "Ecuador: Its History and People." (2010)
"Sketches From My Life in Quito: 1941 - 1950" -- Moselio (Elio) Schaechter (San Diego, CA; 2001).
Excerpt from the autobiography, Unfreiwilige Wanderjahre: Auf der Flucht vor Hitler durch drei Kontinente [English title -- Refuge: Chronicle of a Flight from Hitler] (2002) by Egon Schwarz.
Benno Weiser-Varon wrote a fascinating piece about Jews of Ecuador in 1947 (!), that appeared in Commentary magazine, titled, "Ecuador -- Eight Years on Ararat: The Story of a South American Haven"
Benno Weiser-Varon's well-known autobiography, "Professions of a Lucky Jew," can be read on this
Web site; it recounts Prof. Varon's early life in Ecuador and his subsequent remarkable career.
"An Oral History of Elsie Wellisch" -- An interview with her grandson, Tom Koppel -- two chapters ("Ecuador -- The Early Days on the Farm" and "Quito and Playas").
Other Items of Interest
"Casual Sanctuary or Permanent Settlement: Jewish Immigration to the Republic of Ecuador, 1933 - 1950" by Gabriel E. Alexander (Jerusalem, Israel).
Excerpt from his book, Las Costumbres de los Ecuartorianos, in which a former president of Ecuador, Osvaldo Hurtado Larrea, praises the Jewish immigration to Ecuador.
Statement on Behalf of Sr. Don José Ignacio Burbano, Ecuadorian Consul in Bremen, Germany, who issued visas to Ecuador to 40 Jewish families during World War II, thus saving their lives.
Remarks by Dr. Jorge Salvador Lara -- On the Occasion of the First Holocaust Remembrance Day, January 2008 (Quito).
Jews in Iquitos (now in Peru, but previously located in Ecuador): a slideshow presentation in Hebrew and English, and additional information about this community and the territorial dispute between Ecuador and Peru.
Announcements will be included in this section of the Web site. Please send announcements to Ralph Grunewald at firstname.lastname@example.org
Click on the link below and watch the trailer of a film that a fellow-JOE, the Emmy Award-winning documentarian, Eva Zelig (New York City), is producing. It's the story of those Jews who fled Europe in the 1930s and 1940s and found safe haven in far-off and unknown Ecuador. It also highlights the JOEs Reunion of December 2010, and features interviews of the children and grandchildren of those who came to Ecuador. Please consider contributing to help Eva finish "An Unknown Country" by clicking here:
Reunion in Ecuador. For the 50+ JOEs who attended this once-in-a-lifetime experience -- which included trips to Guayaquil and Quito
-- the gathering was enjoyable and, at times, emotional.
Click here to learn more about this extraordinary human being and his story.
Jews of Ecuador now have their own Facebook group; please join us and communicate with JOEs from around the world. Click here, sign-up, and start communicating. There are 276 members; help us reach more.
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Inside the Jews of Ecuador Web Site
Contact other JOEs (Jews of Ecuador): click here for a list of e-mail addresses of JOEs around the world. We currently have 205
photographs, scanned copies of documents and memorabilia, and articles. This is one of the most interesting pages on the site.
This & That don't quite fit into any other categories but are of interest to JOEs. This section includes an utterly fascinating, eclectic, and unique array of memorabilia and documents.
Click here for more information about how the Jewish
community commemorates and teaches the lessons of the Holocaust.
We remember our loved ones who have passed away, all of whom were part of the Jewish community during their lives. May their memories be for a blessing.
history of the Jews of Ecuador.
Visitors to this site are encouraged to submit vintage film clips and videos of life in Ecuador. Clips are rare, so we welcome any of your submissions.
Jews in Ecuador Today
NOTE: This Web site appears to have been disabled as of January 2011.
To contact the Fundacion Bet Chabad del Ecuador, click here: