Many people don’t realise that, with one exception, no group of Sephardic Jews ever migrated to Germany
Many ‘Sephardic’ Jews aren’t actually Sephardic (Forward)
During my childhood in the 1960s and 70s in the USSR, the only books published about Jews were ideological works that criticised Zionism, Israel and what the Soviets considered the “national Jewish mentality.” As you might imagine, thanks to these books, many of us had a totally distorted picture of our true origins as Jews.
Many of my Jewish friends in fact believed they were Sephardic. They believed that their ancestors came to Russia from Spain, with a detour through Germany after the Jews were expelled from Spain in 1492.
My friends and I were unaware of the existence of flourishing Jewish communities in western Germany, who had lived there since at least the 11th century — way before the Jews were expelled from Spain. Neither were we aware that Jews had lived in Slavic countries since at least the 10th century.