La Buena Esperanza

La Buena Esperanza ([la ˈbweːna espeˈrantsa], Ladino: The Good Hope) was a Ladino language weekly newspaper which was published in Smyrna, Ottoman Empire, in the period 1871–1912, being the longest-run Ladino newspaper in the city.[1]

La Buena Esperanza
Founder(s)Aron de Yosef Hazan
EditorAron de Yosef Hazan
Ceased publication1912
CountryOttoman Empire

History and profileEdit

La Buena Esperanza was launched in Smyrna in 1871.[2] The founder and editor of the paper which was published on a weekly basis was Aron de Yosef Hazan.[2][3] He was an Italian-origin Jewish who was working as a teacher at the Alliance Israélite Universelle school in Smyrna.[4] He closed down La Buena Esperanza in 1912 when he had to leave the city because of the invasion of Tripoli by the Italian Empire.[4]


  1. ^ Dina Danon. "The Jews of Ottoman Izmir. A Modern History". Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press. Archived from the original (Book extract) on 12 August 2021.
  2. ^ a b Yvette Bürki (Autumn 2010). "The Ottoman Press at the Dawn of the Twentieth Century through the Salonica Newspapers La Época and El Avenir". European Judaism: A Journal for the New Europe. 43 (2): 106. doi:10.3167/ej.2010.430210.
  3. ^ Olga Borovaya (Autumn 2010). "The Emergence of the Ladino Press: The First Attempt at Westernization of Ottoman Jews (1842-1846)". European Judaism: A Journal for the New Europe. 43 (2): 64. doi:10.3167/EJ.2010.430207.
  4. ^ a b Stanford J. Shaw (1992). The Jews of the Ottoman Empire and the Turkish Republic. New York: NYU Press. p. 182. ISBN 978-0-8147-7958-3.