New Jewish history museum opens in Bayonne

A Jewish museum has been inaugurated in Bayonne tracing the history of the Jewish Community from the 15th century to the present day.

The museum, adjacent to the Bayonne synagogue,  traces the history of the Portuguese Jews who arrived to the French city after their expulsion from Spain and Portugal. They brought to Bayonne cocoa beans, allowing the city to be the first in France to produce chocolate.

The museum also pays tribute to the great names of the Jewish community who have also left their mark on the history of Bayonne such as Marcel Suarès and René Cassin.

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