Episode 60: The Jewish Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo

In 1976, a military dictatorship seized power in Argentina. The regime systematically kidnapped, tortured and killed 30,000 people who were suspected of opposition. A year into the war, mothers of the "disappeared" began weekly protests in the Plaza de Mayo in Buenos Aires demanding to know what had happened to their sons and daughters. The Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo kept up their protests for over four decades and became a powerful movement for justice and human rights. Many of them were Jewish. Anthropologist Natasha Zaretsky tells their story for Can We Talk? and for JWA's revised and updated edition of the Shalvi/Hyman Encyclopedia of Jewish Women.

Released May 19, 2021
  • The Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo demonstrating in Buenos Aires in 2007.

  • Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo (Madres de Plaza de Mayo)

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Episode 60: The Jewish Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo." (Viewed on September 30, 2022) <https://jwa.org/podcasts/canwetalk/episode-60-jewish-mothers-plaza-de-mayo>.

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