A grand-daughter's search for her Iraqi roots
In celebration of her new book, Last Days in Babylon: the history
of a family, the story of a nation, Marina Benjamin presents
glimpses of Baghdad in space and time.
Marina made a daring trip to Iraq in 2004 in search of her roots,
and to track down the last remaining members of a once-vital 2,600
year-old Jewish community.
In an effort to piece together what her family’s life must
have been like, she walked the narrow streets in the footsteps of
her grandmother, Regina Sehayek. Born into a privileged existence
as a member of the largest and most prosperous ethnic group in Baghdad,
as a young mother Regina engineered her escape from Iraq at a time
when the Jews found themselves increasingly caught up in the crossfire
of misunderstanding, prejudice and geopolitics.
Marina will discuss what made her write the book and how she sees
her identity as a British-born journalist and writer of Iraqi-Jewish
Saturday 3 February
Spiro Ark Centre, 25–26 Enford St, W1
6.45 for 7.15 pm prompt
Advance booking essential from The Spiro Ark - 020 7723 9991
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