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Surviving the Farhud: The Holocaust in Iraq
Surviving the Farhud: The Holocaust in Iraq

Wed, Nov 17



Surviving the Farhud: The Holocaust in Iraq

In June of 1941, a violent mob attacked the Iraqi Jewish population of Baghdad, in what became known as the Farhud. Jewish communities pre-date Islam in the region, tracing their roots to the 6th century BCE.

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Nov 17, 2021, 11:00 AM



Meaning "violent dispossession," the Farhud was motivated by pro-German sentiment and Nazi influence and resulted in the murder, looting, and rape of Baghdadi Jews during the Jewish holiday of Shavuot. Joseph Samuels, author of "Beyond the Rivers of Babylon," was 10 years old when the mob assaulted his community and his home. Joseph will share his family's story of survival, his subsequent escape from Iraq, and the history of Mizrahi Jews. Presented in partnership with JIMENA, this program is part of our Sephardic & Mizrahi Stories series exploring Sephardic and Mizrahi culture, history, and experiences.


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