The origin of the Jewish community of Thessaloniki goes back to the 1492 Expulsion from Spain. During the 500 years, the Jewish Community produced many important and world leading authorities in Jewish law and Torah. They have kept to date the Ladino language which is the language of Spanish Jewry around the world. Unfortunately during the Holocaust 97 percent of the Jewish community was destroyed by the Nazi regime. Through the remaining Jews the Jewish community was able to revive itself and carry on its communal activities and responsibilities.