Jewish Mau­ri­tius

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The Jewish ceme­tery in St Martin on the south of Mau­ri­tius con­tains the graves of 135 Jewish refugees who were among 1,584 Jews de­ported to the is­land by the Bri­tish af­ter try­ing to en­ter Pales­tine in 1940. The were in­terned there from 1940 un­til 1945.

Mau­ri­tius has a Jewish com­mu­nity to­day of around 40, led by Owen Grif­fiths, an Aus­tralian-born Ashke­nazi Jew and bi­ol­o­gist who runs a croc­o­dile farm on the is­land.

In 2000, the is­land held its first bar­mitz­vah since Sec­ond World War.

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