Iraq Map

Currently open:
National Archives at Kansas City, in partnership with the Midwest Center for Holocaust Education, Kansas City, Missouri
June 18, 2015 - August 15, 2015

Previously shown at:
Museum of Jewish Heritage, New York, NY
February 4, 2014 - May 18, 2014
Lawrence F. O’Brien Gallery, National Archives, Washington, DC
November 8, 2013 - January 5, 2014

This online version of the Arabic/English exhibit Discovery and Recovery: Preserving Iraqi Jewish Heritage replicates all the text and images exhibited in Washington, DC and New York City. For preservation reasons, a few new documents have been substituted for original items at later exhibit sites.

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.

Exhibit Video

Video Clip: Recovering and Preserving Iraqi Jewish Books and Documents