This online version of the Arabic/English exhibit Discovery and Recovery: Preserving Iraqi Jewish Heritage replicates all the text and images of the original 2013/2014 National Archives exhibition shown at:
Lawrence F. O’Brien Gallery, National Archives, Washington, DC
November 8, 2013 - January 5, 2014
Museum of Jewish Heritage, New York, NY
February 4, 2014 - May 18, 2014
Discovery and Recovery: 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 National Archives is preserving these books and documents and making them accessible worldwide.