The first mention of Jews in San Marino dates to the
late 14th century, in official documents recording the business transactions
of Jews. The numerous documents that have been discovered dating back to the 15th to 17th centuries,
which contian mentions of Jewish dealings, make it is easy to justify the presence
of a Jewish community in San Marino that dates back at least 400 years. Jews were also required to wear
special badges and live by specific restrictions, but were also permitted
official protection from the government.
War II, San Marino provided a harbor for more than 100,000 Italians
and Jews from Nazi persecution. Today, there are only small numbers of Jews in San Marino.
Sources: Jewish Encyclopedia: “San
Marino: The Mystery of the Small