This Day in Jewish History 1941: The Beginning of the End of Iraq's Jewish Community

The potent mix of British rule, Nazi influence, and a domestic struggle for power set the stage for a violent attack on Baghdad's Jews.

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June 2, 1941, was the second and final day of the anti-Jewish pogrom in Baghdad that became known as the Farhud. The Farhud (literally, “violent dispossession”) not only took the lives of hundreds of Jews, and...