Istanbul Jews fight to save their ancestral tongue | Inquirer Lifestyle
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In this photograph taken on December 8, 2019, 30 year-old Can Evrensel Rodrik (R) who was taught Judeo-Spanish when he was a child by his 90 year-old grandmother Dora Beraha (L), look at a family photo album during an interview with AFP in Istanbul. - In an attempt to save this pillar of the identity of the Jewish community in Turkey, the largest in the Muslim world with 15,000 members, a handful of resistance fighters are fighting a fight that seems lost in advance. Mixture of medieval Castilian, Hebrew and other languages such as Turkish, Arabic and Greek, Judeo-Spanish, also called Ladino, was born after the expulsion of the Jews from Spain in 1492 who mainly dispersed in the Ottoman Empire. (Photo by Ozan KOSE / AFP)

Istanbul Jews fight to save their ancestral tongue