To see the complete documentary, you can watch it  here or, if interested, purchase it here.

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Preserving the haunting beauty of the Judeo-Spanish language and music is a reminder that culture can survive every form of oppression except neglect…and it is up to us to keep it alive.


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Can a language save your life?

Yes it can, even an ancient one from the 15th century.

Saved by Language tells the story of Moris Albahari, a Sephardic Jew from Sarajevo (born 1930), who spoke Ladino/Judeo-Spanish, his mother tongue, to survive the Holocaust. 

Moris used Ladino to communicate with an Italian Colonel who helped him escape to a Partizan refuge after he ran away from the train taking Yugoslavian Jews to Nazi death camps. By speaking in Ladino to a Spanish-speaking US pilot in 1944 he was able to survive and lead the pilot, along with his American and British colleagues, to a safe Partizan airport.