Seventy years since the Farhud

Some 145 Jews murdered, scores raped and mutilated, babies torn limb by limb, homes and businesses destroyed: the Farhud ( Arabic for ‘violent dispossession’) is the Iraqi Jews’ Kristallnacht. Two days of rioting over Shavuot 1941, instigated by pro-Nazis, marked an irrevocable break between Jews and Arabs in Iraq, and paved the way for the dissolution of the ancient Jewish community barely 10 years later.

Seventy years to the day, we will be commemorating the Farhud with a screening of a 25-minute documentary film made in cooperation with the Babylonian Heritage Centre and first shown on Israeli TV. David Kahtan, making a film on the Farhud to be released later this year, will also take part. Members of the audience will be encouraged to share their families’ recollections.

Wednesday 1 June

Ohel David Eastern Synagogue
4-14 Broadwalk Lane, London NW11 8HD (behind Solly’s in Golders Green)


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