The Farhud

A Montreal man remembers the end of his childhood this week. It was the end of many childhoods, many livelihoods and many lives. Seventy years ago this week a final chapter of 2600 years of Jewish history was written in Iraq. Today, barely a dozen Jews call the country home.



Part Two of The Current

The Farhud - Steven Acre

We start this segment with the Ten Commandments being recited in Judaism's Babylonian tradition. Today is Shavuot, the holiday commemorating the day its believed God gave Moses the laws on Mount Sinai. But for the former Jews of Baghdad, it is hardly a day for celebrations.

Steven Acre remembers this time well from seventy years ago. He was just nine years old when racial attacks broke out in the Iraqi capital in an event known as the Farhud. The massacre marked the beginning of the end of 2600 hundred years of Jewish history in Iraq. Today Steven Acre lives in Montreal and that is where we reached him.

Last year, investigative reporter Edwin Black wrote about those two bloody days seventy years ago in his book The Farhud: Roots of the Arab-Nazi Alliance in the Holocaust. We reached him in Melbourne, Australia.

The Farhud - Tony Rocca

Tony Rocca immersed himself in the story of Iraq's Jews when he researched and edited the book Memories of Eden: A Journey Through Jewish Baghdad. He is a former features writer for the Sunday Times of London. Tony Rocca joined us from London, England.

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