A dying language and its celebration

“The Welcome” by Mevlut Akyıldız– depicting Spanish Jews being received by the Sultan

“More than us protecting the language, the language protected us, and it conserved us.

These are the (paraphrased) words of the president of Cervantes Institute, citing the General Consul of Spain in Turkey, during his speech at the International Ladino Day in Istanbul this year. He was referring to how Spanish Jews carried their past with…