THE CHOICE: CONVERT OR DIE
Jews lived in Erice between the 13th and 14th century until the expulsion of 1492. The Jewish group lived near what is now the church of Sant’Antonio Abate. This area was severely damaged by anti-Jewish riots in 1392. The Jews were presented with a choice: convert or die. They worked as ironsmiths, goldsmiths, cotton workers, carpenters. Some owned land on which they grew vines.