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Beyond the Rivers of Babylon: A Holocaust Survivor Story
Beyond the Rivers of Babylon: A Holocaust Survivor Story

Sun, Jun 09


Barnes and Noble The Grove

Beyond the Rivers of Babylon: A Holocaust Survivor Story

Join Holocaust Museum LA for a book talk with Joe Samuels about his memoir: Beyond the Rivers of Babylon. Joe was born in Baghdad, Iraq in 1930 and survived the Farhud massacre in 1941.

Time & Location

Jun 09, 2024, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM

Barnes and Noble The Grove, 189 The Grove Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90036, USA


About Beyond the Rivers of Babylon: My Journey of Optimism and Resilience in a Turbulent Century:

Rowing upon the Tigris River to enjoy a summer campfire on the tiny islands that emerged every summer, teenaged Joseph Samuels never could have imagined that these waters would soon become his only hope for freedom. At the age of 19, he was forced to leave his family behind as he smuggled out of Iraq in the secret hold of a Basra riverboat to escape the violent and repressive anti-Semitism that, over the next few years, would spell the end of the two-millennium old Iraqi Jewish community.Beyond the Rivers of Babylon follows Joe’s remarkable journey, from his colorful childhood in the Old Jewish Quarter of Baghdad, to his life-altering service in the Israeli Navy, to starting a family and building a real estate empire in Montreal and Los Angeles. Blessed with a remarkably vivid memory and a keen ability to look inward, Joe paints a sensory landscape of a home that is no more, and in the process imparts the lessons of a life lived to its fullest.


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