Moisés Ville: A Jewish Colonial Relic in the Pampas

By Anne-Laure White

The sleepy town of Moisés Ville, tucked away in a rural corner of Santa Fe Province, was once one of the country’s first and most important Jewish agricultural colonies.

Midday sits like a haze over Moisés Ville, Argentina – shop doors close, windows creak shut. There is not a motion outside save the pack of dogs that guard over Theodor Herzl Street. The library is shut today; it will likely stay shut tomorrow. The museum guide, a middle-aged woman whose children have since left the former Jewish colony for jobs in Buenos Aires and Rosario, is unsure where the librarian has gone, so she opens the building.

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