The 1941 pogrom in the literature
of Jews from Iraq
The Nazi pogrom of June 1941, known as
the Farhud, was the Iraqi Jews’ very own Kristallnacht – two days of murder,
looting, rape and mutilation. It shattered this ancient community’s
self-confidence, and swiftly led to the exodus of over 90 percent
of Iraqi Jewry.
While Arab intellectuals stayed shockingly silent, Jewish writers
and poets reacted with a range of emotions - from denial, to muted
fatalism, to an outpouring of bitterness and anger.
Professor Shmuel Moreh will give a comprehensive survey of what
Jews from Iraq in Israel wrote about this decisive and painful
turning point in their history.
Born in Baghdad, Shmuel Moreh is Emeritus Professor
of Arabic studies at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and Israel
Prize Laureate (1999). Scores of his books and articles have been
translated into foreign languages. His interests range from modern
Arabic literature, especially poetry, the novel and short story,
to 19th century drama, Arabic theatre and Arabic Jewish writing
in Israel and the Arab world. Professor Moreh is working (with
Z Yehuda) on The Farhud and Hatred of Jews in Iraq. The
book will appear in English and is due out later this year.
Tuesday 14 July
Spiro Ark Centre, 25–26 Enford St, W1
£7/Free to full-time students
Advance booking essential on 020 7723 9991 (Spiro Ark)
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