Sunday, November 10, 2013

Preserving Iraqi Jewish Heritage

Jews have lived in Iraq for thousands of years, but when coalition forces entered Baghdad in May 2003 only very few remained. A U.S. Army team searching for weapons of mass destruction in the flooded basement of the Mukhabarat, the headquarters of Saddam Hussein’s intelligence services, discovered over 2,700 Jewish books and tens of thousands of documents. The remarkable survival of this written record of Iraqi Jewish life provides an unexpected opportunity to better understand this community. The US National Archives is preserving these books and documents and making them accessible worldwide.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

these seforim look like 5 years old that got damaged by a flood