What is the legacy?

Ladino: the Sephardic Language

There is a diaspora of Sephardi Jews all over the world, and, until recently, their language (Ladino) was widely spoken, particularly throughout the Balkans, the Middle East, North Africa, Greece and Turkey. Ladino, for example, was the common language of Salonika during the period of Ottoman rule. The city became part of the modern Greek Republic in 1912 and the language remained widely spoken until the deportation and murder of 50,000 Salonikan Jews in the Holocaust during the Second World War. Nowadays, Ladino is in serious danger of extinction because many native speakers are immigrants to Israel and they have not transmitted the language to their children.